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Deena Shakir

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What you seek is seeking you.


Deena Shakir is a Partner at Lux Capital, where she invests in transformative technologies improving lives and livelihoods. Her investments span stages and sectors, and include women’s health (Maven Clinic, Alife, Gameto, Adyn), digital health infrastructure (SteadyMD, H1, AllStripes, Everly Health), health equity (Waymark, Galileo, Miga), foodtech (Shiru), and fintech (Mos, Ramp, Above all, she seeks out extraordinary, mission-driven founders.

Prior to Lux, Deena was a Partner at GV (formerly Google Ventures), led product partnerships at Google for health, search, and AI/ML, and directed social impact investments at Deena also served as 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.

Deena self-funded her undergraduate degree at Harvard (Social Studies and Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations) and MA at Georgetown through a variety of merit scholarships and side hustles, including co-founding her first company while in college. She is currently a Lecturer in Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a Board Director for the National Venture Capital Association, a member of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women, Kauffman Fellows, Aspen Finance Fellows, The Council on Foreign Relations, and All Raise.

Deena is a frequent speaker and commentator and has been featured in print and television on Bloomberg, CNBC and NBC, in print in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, Techcrunch, Marie Claire, STAT, and more, and has delivered keynote addresses at major industry conferences. She was named a “Top 30 Under 40 in Healthcare” by Business Insider, “Top Senior Women to Watch in Venture Capital” by the Wall Street Journal, and “Top 50 in Digital Health” by Rock Health.

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

What you seek is seeking you. Jalaluddin Rumi