I have been working in various areas (many years in the Construction & Civil Engineering industry) 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 - beginning 2002. 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 firms interested in doing business in/with Afghanistan by investing in, or trading with local companies. I am also the first Italian who registered his individual company in Afghanistan.
In July 2018 I was evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan. A few minutes after landing in Italy, I underwent an urgent surgery, and in the next few days 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 cancer surgery I lost my natural voice, I became a disabled person, and I had to get my body and mind used to a new life. The long interruption of my activity as self-employed, the disability, and the fact that I had to spend all my savings to overcome the health emergency, make it quite impossible to resume my business as a self-employed person. The disability, three years of absence from Afghanistan, the long 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, many years ago. Despite the disability and the risk of cancer recurrence I still have the will to return to Kabul, to resume the activities of my sole proprietorship registered with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce of Afghanistan, and to move some of my ideas from concept to projects aimed at creating positive change in the rural Afghanistan.
To get my business back on track, I started this fundraiser:
Returning to Work (in Afghanistan) After Cancer
I have decided to collect money as an individual, and it is my intention to carry on my activities with my sole proprietorship, excluding the realization of any of my projects on behalf of non-governmental organizations, as I believe this will bring donors closer to Afghanistan, and will create a direct dialogue between them and the Afghans in need, leading to more transparency during the implementation of the projects.
All my activities will be described with the utmost transparency on this website and you can always have a look at my finances, so you feel confident in how I invest your money.
If you love Afghanistan and decide to become one of my donors, you have my gratitude and I thank you warmly.