The State Department announced this week the appointment of Dilawar Syed as the new Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs.
The Tribune reports Syed immigrated to the U.S. as a college student for education. He received his Bachelor of Arts in economics and computer science from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
“Special Representative Syed brings a strong background in business and entrepreneurship, having built global enterprises in the fields of technology, healthcare, and business services,” the department announcement said.
President Biden named Syed as his choice for deputy director of the Small Business Administration, but the Republicans successfully stalled that nomination, reported The Hill.
Syed has a long history of entrepreneurship, as he has built and run companies in fields such as software, consumer, health care, and artificial intelligence.
He also played an active role in the Obama administration as Syed promoted the State Department’s Global Entrepreneurship Program, according to the Daily Pakistan.
The department announcement said Syed will be able to advance “trade, commercial, and economic policies” for the U.S. ‘s working class to help create more well paying jobs in his new position.
“Special Representative Syed will lead efforts to support the export activities of US companies through approved commercial advocacy and to create and advance a level playing field for US workers and companies overseas,” the announcement said.
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