Dina Sharif

Director of Global Communications

CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort)

Dina Sharif is the Director of Global Communications for CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort), a community-powered humanitarian organization dedicated to supporting vulnerable populations worldwide. Born and raised in Los Angeles to Palestinian-refugee parents, her career in humanitarian response and human rights communications is inspired by a deeply personal and professional commitment to amplifying the experiences and needs of refugees, IDPs, indigenous and historically-marginalized communities, and advocating for their wellbeing globally.

Dina has traveled to Haiti, Ukraine, Poland, Romania, across the U.S., and most recently, Southern Turkey, to support CORE’s emergency response efforts and impact storytelling – interviewing and meeting with individuals impacted by natural and manmade disaster, on the frontlines of crisis. Her work in earthquake-devastated Turkey was featured in a PBS Newshour spotlight.

Prior to CORE, Dina worked with UNRWA (the United Nations Agency for Palestine refugees) in Jerusalem as Visibility and Communications Officer where she oversaw major donor portfolios and communications projects and campaigns, spanning across the occupied Palestinian territories, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, for five years. Before humanitarian work, Dina worked in development with Human Rights Watch in Southern California, supporting and amplifying the organization’s advocacy efforts around children’s rights, juvenile justice, immigrant and refugee rights, among other initiatives. Dina completed her Master’s Degree in Public Diplomacy at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and her undergraduate degree at UCLA in Cultural Anthropology, with a minor concentration in Middle East and North African studies.

With CORE, Dina has amplified the agency’s community-care, public health and disaster recovery work, and international emergency response operations in Haiti, Ukraine, India, Pakistan, Turkey, Brazil, Sudan, the Mexico-US border, and beyond.


Time Icon 15 mins

Location Icon St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts - Bluma Appel Theatre

Global Responses, Disaster Relief, and Climate Change Solutions

Join us for a compelling discussion that delves deep into the pressing global issues of climate change, disaster relief, and climate adaptation investments, in the context of humanitarian aid and social justice work. As our world faces increasing environmental and societal challenges, this session will foster a vital conversation about our collective response to these crises. Featuring leaders from the emergency response INGO CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) and the science-based environmental nonprofit David Suzuki Foundation, our guests will discuss the urgent need for both local and global climate adaptation and mitigation investments and solution-oriented tactics, to offset the adverse impact of natural disasters and build more resilient communities. Be part of this critical conversation as we assess our role as a global society in charting a path towards a more secure, humane and sustainable world for all.