Shahed Amanullah

Founder/Chief Executive Officer at Halalfire

Shahed Amanullah

Shahed Amanullah

Founder/Chief Executive Officer at Halalfire


Shahed is co-founder of Affinis Labs, a Northern Virginia startup incubator that focuses on businesses with positive social impacts in global Muslim communities. Through Affinis Labs, he helps to organize global hackathons to create social impact businesses as well as craft social media strategies for NGOs and governments that combat extremist narratives. At Affinis Labs, Shahed Amanullah helps incubate initiatives and mentor portfolio companies to help them accelerate and grow. Shahed Amanullah also serves as CEO & co-founder of LaunchPosse, a DC-based startup based at Affinis Labs that helps people leverage their social networks to shape and launch ideas for entrepreneurship.

From 2010-2014, Shahed served as Senior Advisor for Technology at the US Department of State, where he worked on digital diplomacy in the bureaus of Secretaries of State John Kerry and Hillary Clinton, and was responsible for building and launching the Generation Change and Viral Peace projects. Shahed also worked closely with the White House and other government agencies on social entrepreneurship, social media policy, combating online extremism, and fostering innovation.

Shahed is also CEO & founder of Halalfire, a producer of online content and market research for global Muslim communities. He 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 by Patheos. In 1998, he created Zabihah, the world's largest Halal restaurant guide, with 10 million annual users and 500,000 mobile app downloads. Shahed was also co-founder and CEO of Relatia, a venture-backed mobile software company acquired in 2001.

Shahed has been named three times (2009, 2010, and 2011) as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world, one of the top 10 most visionary young Muslims by Islamica Magazine (2007), and the winner of the SXSW Dewey Winburne Award for Community Service (2007).

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Chief Executive Officer, Founder at American Halal Co., Inc.

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Founder at Naranga LLC

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Former Professional at WLR Foods, Inc.

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Industry Venture Partner at 2x Management LLC

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Managing Director at Stephens, Inc.

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Director at American Halal Co., Inc.

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Marketing Coordinator at American Halal Co., Inc.

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Chief Executive Officer & Founder at Nurture, Inc.

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Office Manager at American Halal Co., Inc.

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Former Marketing Director at American Halal Co., Inc.

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Founder/Chief Executive Officer at Halalfire
MBA, Finance & Marketing
Class of 2006

McDonough School of Business is one of the four undergraduate and one of the five graduate schools of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Named for Georgetown alumnus Robert Emmett McDonough, the McDonough School of Business confers degrees on both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Bachelor of Science Engineering
Class of 1991

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Founder/Chief Executive Officer

Halalfire is a pioneer in creating compelling online content that empowers Muslim communities in the West and beyond.


Zabihah world's largest Halal restaurant guide, serving Halal consumers since 1998.

2010 - 2011

American Halal Co., Inc. produces and markets natural, antibiotic free, sustainably farmed, and organic halal food products. Its products include chickpeas, wraps, frozen entrees, chicken nuggets, frozen bowls, crunchy chickpeas, baked lentil chips, beanstalks, lentil crackers, simmer sauce, artisan grade broths, savory hors d'oeuvres, and dessert mini tarts. The company was founded in 2009 by Adnan Durrani and is headquartered in Stamford, CT.

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American Halal Co., Inc. engage in the production and distribution of natural, organic, and halal food brands. It offers frozen entrées to plant-based protein snacks. The company was founded by Adnan Durrani in August, 2010 and is headquartered in Stamford, CT.

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Shahed Amanullah is affiliated with Halalfire, Zabihah, American Halal Co., Inc., American Halal Co., Inc.

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