2019 Keynote Speaker


Deena Shakir

Advisory Board Member at TechWadi & Partner at GV


Deena is a Partner at GV, where she helps startups scale and grow by connecting them to the world’s largest companies.

Prior to joining GV, Deena spent five years at Google doing business development for early-stage products in health care, research and machine intelligence, and search. She also spearheaded social impact investments for Google.org.

Deena previously led public-private partnerships with Global 2000 companies as a presidential management fellow in the office of Secretary Clinton at the U.S. State Department. At the U.S. Agency for International Development, Deena was a partnerships advisor where she helped launch President Obama’s first Global Entrepreneurship Summit in 2010.

Passionate about startup entrepreneurship, Deena co-founded her first company at age 19 and is an angel investor and advisor to several young companies. Outside of her work at Google, she is a Director on the Board of TechWadi, the leading nonprofit and accelerator building bridges between Silicon Valley and the MENA region.

Deena was an Aga Khan Fellow at The Aspen Institute's Program on Nonprofit and Social Innovation, where she supported the Global Philanthropy Program. She also covered the White House for BBC News and was the Lead Anchor for a bilingual news show on Al Arabiya.

Deena holds a joint BA in Social Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard College and an MA from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She delivered the 2008 Harvard Class Day speech, "From Baghdad to Boston: Dropping the Global H-Bomb." 

Deena serves on the Boards of Directors of several nonprofits, including AMIDEAST, TechWadi, and Tarjimly. She is also on the Brain Trust of Girls Who Code and a Kauffman Fellow (Class 23).


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