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Waleed Shamsid-Deen

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 nationwide.


A young Atlanta thinker, author and entrepreneur, 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’s 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 interest. Most

recently being appointed as the Senior Business Advisor to the Honorary 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 inthe real estate, restaurant and entertainment industries. He was co-executive producer for the hit reality show Being Bobby Brown and Producer of a theatrical production entitled Drumline LiveTM, 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 Spike Lee, Robert Townsend, Polow da Don and Dallas Austin, among others. 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 18h year, the mentorship program has expanded to include several afterschool locations serving over 250 students daily.


Waleed has received the prestigious Businessman of the Year Award, the Service above Self Award, the Rising Star Award, the Champion Award and the Young Adult of the Year Award.


He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Business Economics from Florida A & M University and an MBA from Walden University.

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