United States President, Joe Biden nominated Dilawar Syed, a Pakistani-American to serve as deputy administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA). This is indeed a proud moment for Pakistan.
The Silicon Valley investor is set to become the highest-ranking Muslim American in the Biden-Harris administration. He has previously served as a liaison with the SBA and the Department of Commerce on federal initiatives such as the President’s Export Council.
Dilawar Syed shared the news on Twitter saying;
“I’m deeply humbled & honored by President Biden’s nomination of me to help lead @SBAgov as the Deputy Administrator. “
I’m deeply humbled & honored by President Biden’s nomination of me to help lead @SBAgov as the Deputy Administrator.
If confirmed by the US Senate, I will put my heart & soul into helping small businesses everywhere in these challenging times.
Their grit makes America strong. pic.twitter.com/625UHEWgIP
— Dilawar Syed (@dilawar) March 3, 2021
Dilawar Syed is President and CEO at Lumiata, an AI for healthcare company focused on reducing healthcare costs and improving treatment for patients. Given how the US economy is struggling after being hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, Dilawar makes an ideal choice for administrator of SBA.
He actually immigrated to the US from Pakistan to attend The College of Wooster in Ohio. Since then he’s gone on to become a University of Pennsylvania and University of Texas alum.
Dilawar is the founding Chair of the California Entrepreneurship Task Force with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.
Previously, Dilawar served on President Obama’s White House Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) and chaired the White House Initiative on AAPIs’ Economic Growth Committee. In that role, he led the Obama administration’s engagement with small businesses across the US after the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.