Waleed Shamsid-Deen- Founder/CEO
Waleed Shamsid-Deen is President & CEO of Shamsid-Deen & Associates (SDA), a business management and consulting firm specializing in government, non-profit and business management services. Waleed has nearly two decades of business experience. His drive, political savvy and keen insight for intelligent investments, has allowed him to establish numerous successful businesses and community-oriented ventures worldwide.
A young Atlanta entrepreneur motivated by the possibilities that business presents to serve others, Waleed is emerging on the global scene as a respected business and civic leader. His business acumen and commitment to empower others with an entrepreneurial spirit and “reach-for-your-dreams” attitude has earned him praise from business, political and community leaders. In the past decade, he has raised millions for start-up ventures and non-profit organizations. Additionally, he has served as a consultant for athletes, entertainers, entrepreneurs and producers; managing and protecting their personal business and philanthropic interests. Most recently, Waleed was appointed the Senior Business Advisor to the Consul General of the Republic of Botswana.
As managing partner of ARE, Inc., an angel investment firm founded by NBA Veteran Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Waleed has helped lead its emergence in the real estate, restaurant and entertainment industries. He was also co-executive producer for the hit reality show “Being Bobby Brown” and producer of a theatrical production titled Drumline Live™, which brings to life the story and experience of the Historical Black College and University marching band. His dive into the entertainment industry has led him to form relationships with media moguls such as Spike Lee, Robert Townsend, Polow da Don and Dallas Austin.
Occasionally, he conducts workshops and presentations on various business topics.
Waleed is also founder of Youth V.I.B.E., a non-profit business mentorship program for high school students. In its 17th year, the mentorship program has expanded to include five after school locations, serving over 500 students daily.
For his commitment to craft and service, Waleed has a received a number of prestigious awards. Businessman of the Year, the Service Above Self Award, the Rising Star Award, the Champion Award and the Young Adult of the Year Award, are only a few of his notable accolades. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics from Florida A & M University and an MBA from Walden University. A native of Brooklyn, NY, Waleed has three children; Naim, Layla and Siraj.
SDA is a boutique consulting firm that provides unique business management and consulting services to high net worth individuals, governments, as well as for-profit and non-profit entities. SDA develops high level strategies for clients with an interest in start-up, growth, expansion and strategy.
Through the management of human and capital resources, SDA consistently increases the net return on client investments while improving overall success for businesses, NGO’s and government agencies worldwide.