Hi everyone! I’m Deena Shakir, Partner at Lux Capital, where I invest in transformative technologies that aim to improve lives and livelihoods. I’m 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, I’ve led a number of investments, most recently Maven Clinic’s series D funding round, and currently sit on the boards of Maven Clinic, SteadyMD, Alife Health, H1, Adyn, AllStripes, and Shiru.
Prior to joining Lux, I was a Partner at GV (formerly Google Ventures), previously led product partnerships for civic innovation at Google, and then transitioned to early-stage products in healthcare and AI/ML where I helped create Google’s first healthcare services product. I also directed social impact investments at Google.org.
Before tech and venture, I was a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of State under Secretary Clinton, where I helped launch President Obama’s first Global Entrepreneurship Summit in 2010. I also had a brief foray in journalism - kickstarted my career as a bilingual news anchor hoping to become the next Christiane Amanpour and then worked as a reporter at BBC. It was my time in journalism when I was covering President Obama’s 2009 speech in Cairo where he spoke about how technology and entrepreneurship abroad can help build bridges between the US and Arab world that I realized I wanted to be part of this phenomenon. My non-traditional path to VC landed me in roles that fostered partnerships through diplomacy, public service, and technology and molded my true passion into making venture more equitable.
I self-funded my education through a variety of merit scholarships and side hustles, including co-founding an e-commerce company while still in college. I earned a joint BA in Social Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University and an MA from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. I’m also currently co-teaching a course in the School of Engineering at the Stanford Design School called “Deconstruction Impact: Lessons with Leaders”.
Ask me anything about social impact investments, entrepreneurship, non-traditional paths to VC, being on boards, or something else!