Shahed Amanullah currently serves as Global VP of Customer Experience at growth strategy & research consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. He concurrently serves as Managing Director of Frost Capital, a Palo Alto-based private equity fund manager and investment advisor. He also co-founded Affinis Labs, an award-winning social innovation firm tackling complex global challenges through entrepreneurship that was acquired by Frost Capital in 2019. Shahed also co-founded Zakatify, a social impact fintech startup in partnership with the PayPal Giving Fund. From 2011-2014, Shahed served in President Barack Obama’s administration as Senior Advisor for Technology at the US Department of State, working under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on entrepreneurship & technology initiatives. In 1998, he created Zabihah, the world’s first global Halal restaurant guide, and also founded Altmuslim, an online magazine with 2.5 million annual unique users, and served as its editor-in-chief for 10 years before its 2011 acquisition. He has been named as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world (2009 through 2011), one of the 500 most influential entrepreneurs in the global Islamic economy (2015 through 2019), one of Islamica Magazine’s Top 10 Most Visionary Young Muslims (2007), and the winner of the SXSW Community Service Award (2007).
Managing Director, Frost Capital, and Advisory Council Member, Digital Equity Accelerator