Dina Vakil is the consulting editor of the Times of India, Mumbai. She has been a journalist since 1971 and was the first woman in India to be appointed Resident Editor of a major English language daily. Dina headed The Times' Mumbai edition - one of the country's largest - for more than a decade (until May 2005). Dina was earlier the editor of The Independent, Mumbai, also a Times newspaper, and prior to that, executive editor of The Indian Post, a national daily. Dina began her journalistic career with the United Nations' Office of Public Information in New York in 1970, shortly after obtaining an MS degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism. She holds a BA degree from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts (Class of 1969), from which she graduated cum laude and with distinction. In 1969, she was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honours society.