Dina is an artist and scholar who studies creativity across disciplines, including design, education, psychology, art, and business. “I believe that future leaders must develop and sharpen their own creative acumen,” says Dina, who received a 2012 Global Idea Exchange Fellowship from NYU. She earned a BA at Gallatin and began working in advertising at Google. Currently employed at Facebook, she returned to Gallatin for her MA and hopes to become a creativity consultant.
The Global Idea Exchange Fellowship resulted from a test on collaboration that NYU conducted across its global network of 55,000 students for approximately ten weeks in the fall of 2012. NYU asked students to share inspirations, formulate ideas and be creative both individually and in groups. Six ideas were chosen, and 12 participants were selected as GIE Fellows who were invited in March 2013 to NYU Shanghai for a one-week, intensive workshop alongside the design consulting firm, IDEO. "I am also using the GIE as part of a qualitative research study to show how the platform supported the development of creative thinking by analyzing the way GIE Fellows perceive and describe their creativity," says Dina.
She took a course with Professor Anne-Laure Fayard called Creative Problem Solving that was designed around IDEO’s innovative methodology. “It taught me that it’s possible to bring design into the workplace and approach creative thinking and problem solving as a way for managers and business leaders to affect organizational change.”