Azimulhaq (Azi as we affectionately call him), appears as the stoic, mature Fast Runner of the Afghans on the Bpeace Apprentice Road Trip (BART). Yet, bring him to a bowling alley and a whole new side of him emerges–his eyes light up, he throws his hands in the air and he even gives a yelp when he hits a few pins.
Azi is the co-owner of RAHA which offers IT services to local businesses, and computer training courses to individuals.
In Mazar, Afghanistan, RAHA is unique because it is locally-owned and operated. Azi says this puts him at a disadvantage so the folks at Host Company Global Partners in Waltham, MA gave him guidance on how to compete against large, non-Afghan competition. Azi learned about ways to deepen trust with his clients, strengthen his current services and increase revenue. Back in Afghanistan, Azi will work to focus RAHA and better manage the rapid expansion which is causing some growing pains.
Throughout his time in the U.S., Azi learned through a direct, hands-on approach. For the first time, he learned about backup systems and the imperative role they play in most American companies. Azi was particularly interested in new ways of coping with computer viruses and how professional service firms manage their staff.
Watch how Azi plans to bring change to his company and community from his brief talk at the Bpeace Annual Meeting: http://ustre.am/_IBV2:vJj
BART is partially funded by the U.S. Department of State, Office of Citizen Exchanges in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.