Co-Founder- 2012-2022 I Presently Advisor SYLCI
Dina remained the Co-Founder of the Seplaa YLCI from 2012-2022 and is presently transitioning into an advisory role for youth activities under the club. In her spare time, she also manages her sustainable fashion jewelry and creative arts business ‘LOOF- Linesonourfaces’, which contributes 10% of profits to support 15 million individuals suffering from mental health problems in Pakistan – Dina is operating the business globally has had customers from Pakistan and the UK.
Dina’s role as the Co-Founder of SYLCI:
Dina has actively contributed to community development in Pakistan since she was only 3 ½ years old. Since the age of 4 she had been creating 3 D models with paper and recycled material, showing an early inclination towards art and conservation. Dina was the first Pakistani child to receive a ‘Thank You’ letter for her art work on the environment and is in the top 2000 at the age of 7 for the International Painting Competition ‘In My Homeland’ held by Green Cross Belarus. Out of 15,500 entries from 31 different countries all over the world, only a few hundred got ‘Thank you letters.’
In 2016, as part of her project for the SYLC ‘Creativity For Change Semester’, she developed the SEPLAA YLC Botanical Garden by planting trees and developing a roof top garden to help promote green architecture in Lahore. She has also taken active part in youth policy dialogues on climate change adaptation held under the semester. In addition to this, she conducted numerous activities with underprivileged children in Lahore in critical thinking, art and climate change awareness.
Dina participated as the youngest delegate amongst 800 international delegates from 60 countries at the 3-Day 5th Asia Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Dina was also selected as the youngest and only Pakistani speaker for the Global Youth Forum on Climate Change in Colombo, where 200 Sri Lankan and international youth and academics participated. She presented her paper on ‘Climate Resilient Development: Promoting Green Architecture for homes and offices.’
She has complied her art work for the social enterprise book project ‘Journey of a Hundred Leaves’ (2023) written with Amal Farooq Malik, in which they have documented the work the girls did with over 1000 underprivileged and special children in Pakistan on awareness about climate change adaptation, peace and critical thinking through art, theatre and dialogues. Dina has conducted activities with underprivileged children at Ameen Maktab, Alam Bibi Trust, Rising Sun School for Special Children and SOS Children’s Village.
Dina was invited as the youngest opening plenary speaker at the 6th Asia Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum held at the Asian Development Bank head quarters in Manila, Philippines in October 2018.
Dina is an artist and likes to explore and blog about what art means to her. She has a keen interest in art, climate change, social entrepreneurship and is passionate about cooking and travelling.