Co-Founder, Affinis Labs
A serial entrepreneur who has founded and sold several startups, Shahed Amanullah is the co-founder of Affinis Labs, a Virginia startup incubator for businesses with positive social impacts in global Muslim communities. Through Affinis Labs, he organizes global hackathons to create innovative businesses as well as crafting new media initiatives that drive social impact. He also serves as CEO of LaunchPosse, a DC-based startup that helps people leverage their social networks for entrepreneurship.
Prior to starting LaunchPosse, Amanullah served as senior advisor for Technology at the US Department of State, where he worked in the bureaus of Secretaries of State John Kerry and Hillary Clinton. He also serves as CEO of Halalfire, through which he created Altmuslim, an online magazine with 2.5 million annual unique users (acquired by Patheos in 2011) as well as Zabihah, the world’s largest Halal restaurant guide with 10 million annual users.
Amanullah has a BS from UC Berkeley (where he served as Student Body Vice-President) and an MBA from Georgetown. He is a 2016 Truman National Security Fellow and has been named three times (2009, 2010, and 2011) as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world.