Dina El Mahdy

Dina Al-Mahdy works as Head of Projects Coordination Unit, Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Library of Alexandria). She is Chief Operating Officer at Women of Egypt Network. She is also a certified corporate board director at International Finance Corporation. She is Egypt’s Chairperson in the board of directors of Creative Women Platform, Cyprus. She is also a freelance translation consultant at UNESCO Egypt

Due to her extensive experience in translation rights and practices, she works as a freelance project manager at Dawen Publishers, to supervise the Arabic translation project.

Dina is also a freelance writer at numerous local and international magazines and newspapers: Al-Ahram WeeklyMedium MagazineElephant Journal, and Women of Egypt Magazine;in addition to being a freelance translator at various publishing houses inside and outside Egypt: Egypt’s National Center for Translation, Dar Dawen Publishers, Bloomsbury Publishing, and Austin Macauley Publishers.

Dina was also the contest coordinator and the honorary judge in 2018 Women of Egypt First Writing Contest for Children and in 2020 Women of Egypt Jewelry Designers Competition to heighten awareness for eliminating violence against women and girls in the world.

Dina received her BA of Language and Translation from the Faculty of Arts, English Department, Alexandria University. She studied a Diploma of Higher Education in Translation Studies, University of Cambridge, UK.

MEMBERSHIPS:

Besides being a reading-promoter and a photo-blogger, she is also an associate at the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA); and a member at the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA); the International Association for Professional Translators and Interpreters (IAPTI); the International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies (IATIS); Translators Without Borders Organization (TWB); PEN America; the Society of Authors in UK; and International Union of Languages and Translation.

AWARDS:

In 2021, she received Women Appreciating Women Honorary Award 2021 in appreciation to her endless positive contribution in the society. She will be officially inducted into the WAW Hall Of Fame at the 1st Annual Women Appreciating Women (WAW) prestigious virtual awards in Egypt.

In 2020, Dina is the award-winner The Women Leadership & Excellence Award (in the field of Media) at “The Arab Women in Leadership and Business Summit 2020”, in recognition of her volunteer work at Women of Egypt Initiative.

In 2019, she won the First Prize on Elephant Journal magazine writing contest many times.

Dina shares her articles on her WordPress blog titled A Journey into My World which helps her engage with her fellow translators and writers in topics about translation, writing, literature and positive psychology in both English and Arabic. In 2018, her blog was nominated for The 2018 Liebster Award. Also, the blog post Be Your Own Muse has been selected as one of the best fiction and writing blogs from around Internet, by the American Author M.C. Tuggle (Compiled for Ambrose Bierce Creative Writing Project).

In 2017, she took part in the Arabic translation of “How the West Was Lost”, by DambisaMoyo, published by Egypt’s National Center for Translation, which was shortlisted in The 2017 Refaa’ El-Tahtawi Award by the National Center for Translation.

VOLUNTEER WORK:

Throughout her career, she has always aspired to change the current stereotypical image of the Arab women as weak and isolated. Her life goal is to empower them, help them make their voices heard around the world, by translating works of female authors and writing stories that deal with Egyptian women’s issues.

Being a women’s rights advocate and a feminist, she has volunteered to write and translate articles about women’s empowerment and their well-being. Based on her strong belief in women rights and empowerment, she seeks to take part in projects geared towards these causes. Through her volunteer work and the awareness campaigns about women’s issues and rights that she participated in, she has written about Egyptian women’s feats in all fields and their real-life problems such as sexual harassment, gender-based violence and female genital mutilation.

Dina shares her thoughts on FacebookInstagram and WordPress.