Dina Kyriakidou Contini is the Editor for Financial News Strategy, EMEA and Asia, at Reuters, the global news organization. In her role, Dina focuses on supporting Refinitiv, the largest client of Reuters, as well as journalists across both Europe and Asia. She brings many years of experience working with Reuters and has won awards for her journalism skills.
Dina Kyriakidou Contini attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors. During her time at UCSB, Dina worked as a reporter and editor for the Daily Nexus, the school newspaper. She originally joined Reuters in 1989 as a Reporter in Athens. In 2002, she moved to Bucharest as the Senior Correspondent for Romania and Bulgaria, where she worked for over three years.
In 2005, Dina became the Reuters Bureau Chief of Greece and Cyprus, based in Athens, where she steered the Reuter team through the Eurozone financial crisis. During her time as Bureau Chief, Dina was recognized for her exceptional work. In 2007, she was awarded the Botsis Foundation Award to a foreign correspondent based in Greece for her excellence in journalism and ethics. She was also part of the group that was honored with the Reuters story of the year award for their coverage of the Eurozone crisis.
Dina Kyriakidou Contini then moved to New York, working as deputy editor of U.S. General news, and eventually leading that team after a stint as West Coast bureau chief based in San Francisco. Back in New York, she was responsible for expanding U.S. domestic news coverage. Through her direction, U.S. General news was transformed into a multimedia product for digital media and won awards for coverage of transgender issues and destructive hurricanes.
Most recently, Dina Kyriakidou Contini became the Editor for Financial News Strategy, EMEA, and Asia with Reuters, based in London, England. As part of her responsibilities, Dina ensures that Reuters continues to align and evolve its global news file to meet the needs of its customers.
Outside of work, Dina enjoys traveling to new destinations and learning about their history.
What’s the most important thing we should know about you?
Dina Kyriakidou Contini: Being a journalist is a privilege – our mission is to shed light on the truth, often one some may find uncomfortable. Being a woman in journalism carries an extra responsibility to open doors for those who follow us.
Name the most impactful lesson you learned from failure.
Dina Kyriakidou Contini: Without failure, we learn very little. We should use it to move forward.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Dina Kyriakidou Contini: Covering the Greek financial crisis in an objective and truthful way as markets melted and societies collapsed around us. Bringing stories of the Balkan Roma and Romania’s Holocaust survivors to world’s attention.
Name a tool you use for work that you can’t live without.
Dina Kyriakidou Contini: My laptop.
What is your favorite hobby and why?
Dina Kyriakidou Contini: Travelling because it satisfies my curiosity about the world.
What excited you the most about your industry right now?
Dina Kyriakidou Contini: The way we are transforming into a virtual workforce due to the pandemic.
Name one small habit that positively impacts your productivity.
Dina Kyriakidou Contini: I block time in my calendar for tasks and for thinking.
What tips do you have for getting a seat at the table?
Dina Kyriakidou Contini: Do the work, pay your dues and don’t be shy.
What book has made the biggest impact on your life?
Dina Kyriakidou Contini: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.
What would you consider to be the perfect day?
Dina Kyriakidou Contini: A road trip to a historic place I haven’t visited before.