Deena Shakir is a business development manager at Google, Deena leads product partnerships in the health vertical for Helpouts.
She previously managed strategic partnerships for Google's Technology for Social Impact team, where she was responsible for managing a multi-million dollar deal portfolio.
Prior to joining Google, Deena spent three years working for the Obama administration--as a Presidential Management Fellow in the Office of Secretary Clinton and previously at USAID's Global Development Alliance.
At the State Department, Deena served as a Senior Partnerships Advisor and the inter-agency's lead on diaspora engagement.
She was the lead architect in the founding, management, and scaling of The International Diaspora Engagement Alliance and The Secretary's Global Diaspora Forum.
Deena was an Aga Khan USA 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. Trilingual in Arabic, French, and English, she has worked and studied in the UAE, Egypt, and France.
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 has served on the Board of the Harvard Arab Alumni Association, where she led their effort to recruit students from the Arab world and launched their first public service fellowship.
She also serves on the Board of Directors of Tech Wadi, The Abraham Path Initiative, the Harvard Alumni Association, the Arab Film Festival, and the Asian University for Women.