US President Biden picks Pakistani origin Dilawar Syed for key post

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WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden has nominated a Pakistani-American, Dilawar Syed, as the deputy administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Syed, currently serves the President at an AI for healthcare company, Lumiata, announced the development on his Twitter handle. Previously, he had been leading Freshworks, a software company.

He wrote: “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.”

Dilawar Syed immigrated to the US as a freshman student to attend The College of Wooster in Ohio and later he continued his education there.

Syed holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and earned a B.A. in Economics and Computer Science from The University of Texas at Austin.

A statement issued by the White House about his nomination described his civic efforts “at the federal, state, and local level focusing on economic growth and entrepreneurship.”

“He 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, Syed led the administration’s engagement with small businesses across the US after the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009,” read the statement.