Someone calls me social entrepreneur, others consultant or engineer, many call me 'The Italian'. I am a humble human being who has been working in various areas (mainly construction and civil engineering) since I was a teenager, holding different management positions; business traveling in more than fifty 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. I have been working on Afghanistan projects since the end of 2001. My experience and my ability to adapt to any business environment, my extensive network of personal and professional relations in Afghanistan and the Region, 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.
At the beginning of July 2018 I was urgently transported from Kabul (Afghanistan) to a hospital in northern Italy where I was diagnosed with a rare and 'devastating' cancer that would have killed me if I hadn't given my consent to equally devastating surgery and combined radio-chemotherapy. Due to the surgery I lost my natural voice, and I will never be able to breathe through nose and mouth again, but only through a hole in the neck that directly connects the lungs to the outside of my body. As an autodidact, after two long years of suffering from the side effects of the combined radio-chemotherapy and efforts to get my body and mind used to the new life as a disabled person, I do exercises to partially regain the sense of smell, and I am learning to speak with esophageal voice. The disability, two years of absence from Afghanistan, two years of interruption of my work as a self employed person, and the fact that I had to spend all my savings to overcome the health emergency, make it difficult to start from scratch in an Italy that I left when I was still a teenager. An Italy that despite being my homeland, I don't know as I know the countries where I have lived and worked all my life. Hence my need to return to Kabul, and to resume the activities of my sole proprietorship. For this purpose I have started a fundraiser and I would appreciate the support of those people who may be interested in doing business with Afghanistan, and to contribute to the reconstruction of this wonderful Country. Once back in Afghanistan, I will work hard to turn some of my ideas into projects that I will carry out in various sectors, including, but not limited to: agritourism, agriculture and renewable energy. My projects are small and will be supported with the income of my sole proprietorship registered with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce of Afghanistan.
Some people have asked me why I don't carry out my projects in Afghanistan with the support of International NGOs or the government of donor countries.
I made the decision to start fundraising campaigns as an individual, and coordinate all my projects with my individual company, as I believe this is the only way to bring donors closer to my activities and to Afghanistan, and to create a direct dialogue between them and the Afghans, leading to more TRANSPARENCY during the realization of the projects.