Graduated (Building Engineer/QS) in the early 80s in Italy, with further studies in the former Soviet Union, I am an Italian entrepreneur, contributing to the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan since the end of 2001 - beginning of 2002. I have been working in several industries (mainly in the construction & civil engineering industry) for nearly forty years, holding different management positions; business traveling in more than 50 countries across four continents; acquiring knowledge of four languages besides Italian mother tongue. During almost four decades, I have gained a significant professional background consisting in a mix of technical, commercial, and legal skills. My experience and my ability to adapt to any business environment, my extensive network of personal and professional relations in Afghanistan, the Region and across the world, always made me a reliable reference point for foreign companies interested in doing business in/with Afghanistan by investing in, or trading with local companies.
When I was diagnosed with cancer in July 2018, I thought of joining international NGOs to move my ideas and plans from concept to reality, but then I changed my mind, deciding to organize fundraisers as an individual and coordinate my projects with my individual company registered with the Ministry of Industry & Commerce of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. This brings donors to be closer to my activities and creates a direct dialogue between them and the Afghans, leading to more transparency during the implementation of the projects.
Historically, Afghanistan has been at the heart of major trading routes, among them, the fabled Silk Road, which is one of many that have served the region throughout the centuries. Over the recent years, the Afghan people have steadily progressed towards peace and prosperity, and its economy has seen meteoric growth. Once again, Afghanistan is emerging as a central hub for trade as the economies of Central and South Asia continue to grow and become increasingly integrated into the global economy.