Dina Al-Mahdy is a freelance translator and writer at numerous magazines and newspapers: Al-Ahram Weekly, Medium Magazine, Elephant Journal, and Women of Egypt Magazine, and at various publishing houses: Egypt’s National Center for Translation, Dar Dawen Publishers, Bloomsbury Publishing, and Austin Macauley Publishers. She currently works as Head of Projects Coordination Unit at Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Library of Alexandria). She is also a freelance translation project manager at Dar Dawen Publishing House.
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) and the International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies (IATIS).
She won the First Prize on Elephant Journal magazine writing contest in 2019. She was also the contest coordinator and the honorary judge in 2018 Women of Egypt First Writing Contest for Children.
Dina’s greatest passions are art, books, poetry, nature, writing, photography, translation, traveling and music. She is in a serious relationship with words. She believes in the power of words to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble. Through her writings, she aims to inspire as many people as possible and to change their lives for the better. She is willingly obsessed with Frida Kahlo and is inspired and influenced by Elizabeth Gilbert, Dalai Lama, Paulo Coelho, Naguib Mahfouz and Radwa Ashour.
Dina muses at the world through a lens steeped in mindfulness, adventure and tenderness. She lives for adventure and wakes each morning with the excitement of a new day waiting to unfold at her feet.
Dina received her BA of Language and Translation from the Faculty of Arts, Alexandria University, English Department. She studied a Diploma of Higher Education in Translation Studies, Univeristy of Cambridge, UK.