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Deena Shakir

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Deena Shakir is a Partner at Lux Capital, where she invests in transformative technologies improving lives and livelihoods. She is particularly interested in intersectional and underdog entrepreneurs building breakthrough companies to accelerate advances and equity in human and population health.

Since joining Lux in late 2019, Deena has led a number of investments and currently sits on the boards of Maven Clinic, SteadyMD, Alife Health, H1, Adyn, AllStripes, and Shiru.

Prior to joining Lux, Deena was a Partner at GV (formerly Google Ventures), previously led product partnerships at Google for early stage products in healthcare, AI/ML and search at Google, and directed social impact investments at Google.org.

Before tech and venture, Deena had diverse partnership-centric experiences as an aspiring anthropologist, journalist, diplomat, aid worker and technologist. She was a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of State under Secretary Clinton, where she helped launch President Obama’s first Global Entrepreneurship Summit in 2010. Her non-traditional path to VC landed her in roles that fostered partnerships through diplomacy, public service, and technology. It has also cultivated Deena’s deep conviction in the potential of breakthrough ventures to positively transform the future and garnered her unparalleled network to help them achieve it.

A Forbes contributor, Deena is a frequent commentator and has been featured in a number of publications such as Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Techcrunch, Marie Claire, and Business Insider, where she was listed as “top 30 under 40 in healthcare.” She has also appeared in broadcasts on CNBC, Cheddar, and Bloomberg. Deena also serves on the Boards of several non-profits including Tarjimly, TechWadi, and AMIDEAST. She is a Kauffman Fellow, Aspen Finance Fellow, CFR Term Member, an All Raise mentor, and a founding VC member of the Valence Fund Network for Black entrepreneurs.

Deena self-funded her education through a variety of merit scholarships and side hustles, including co-founding her first company while still in college. She earned a joint BA in Social Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard (where she delivered the graduation address) and an MA from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. She is currently a Lecturer in the School of Engineering at the Stanford Design School.

Key Facts

  • Deena is the first-generation daughter of immigrants from Iraq and speaks fluent Arabic and French; she is also conversational in Spanish

  • A former journalist, Deena once hosted the pilot episode of a bilingual Arabic-English TV news series modeled after 60 Minutes

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