Graduated civil engineer in the early 80s in Italy, I have been working in various areas (mainly in the construction sector) for nearly 40 years (about 20 years in Russia, Ukraine and other countries of the former USSR), 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 reconstruction and development projects in Afghanistan 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.

In July 2018 I was urgently transported from Kabul to Italy. A few minutes after landing at Milan airport, I underwent an emergency surgery, and in the following days I was diagnosed with a rare and "devastating" cancer that would have killed me if I had not given my consent to equally "devastating" surgery and combined radio-chemotherapy. Due to the cancer surgery I lost my natural voice, became a disabled person and had to get my body and mind used to a new life. The long interruption of my professional activity, the disability, the fact that I had to spend all my savings to overcome the health emergency, the covid pandemic and the Taliban takeover in August 2021, made quite difficult to start again in Afghanistan, but my passion for this great country and my love for its people have given me the will to return to Kabul and to move some of my ideas from concept to projects aimed at helping local entrepreneurs to reconnect with the world.

Oh, I forgot to tell you that I am also the first Italian to register his individual company in Afghanistan: IvoTONIUT Services Afghanistan (it'sAf).

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