US President Joe Biden has nominated a Pakistani-American, Dilawar Syed, to serve as the deputy administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA). Confirming the news released by the White House, Dilawar said he was “deeply humbled & honored” on the nomination, which is yet to be confirmed by the US Senate. Dilawar currently serves as the president and chief executive officer of Lumiata.
Dilawar holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and earned a BA in Economics and Computer Science from The University of Texas at Austin. He immigrated to the US from Pakistan as a freshman student to attend The College of Wooster in Ohio, the White House statement said.
He was previously the president at Freshworks where he worked in scaling the software company’s products to thousands of small and medium-scale businesses, according to the statement.
The statement noted that Dilawar had a history of furthering civic efforts “at the federal, state, and local level focusing on economic growth and entrepreneurship”.