Zabi is extremely well rounded–he runs his family’s business, has a medical degree and is a champion boxer. He proves his love of boxing by pushing his cartilage-free nose all the way down to his face. He laughs when he does this and you know he is recalling the incident with utter glee.
When Zabi isn’t in the ring, he is busy building community projects in Mazar, Afghanistan–including schools, clinics and government buildings. Zabi’s family construction company, JAC, focuses on these projects because he understands that rebuilding the physical structures in Afghanistan is essential to rebuilding the country and sustaining peace.
Most of Zabi’s U.S. time during the Bpeace Apprentice Road Trip (BART) was spent at CCI Construction in Montvale, New Jersey visiting their diverse job sites and completed buildings. The team at CCI said that Zabi has a solid understanding of his business, from drafting proposals to executing his plans. There were lots of discussions around the differences in construction planning, working with sub-contractors, and of course building materials and techniques. As a true techy, Zabi was thrilled to have the chance to learn how to use Microsoft Project Manager.
Jake Lindsay of CCI even showed Zabi how to entertain clients–out on the golf course. Zabi proudly announced he is now the “best golfer in all of Afghanistan!”
Technology is an integral part of Zabi’s personal life. While in the U.S. his friends and family in Afghanistan accessed real-time updates of Zabi’s trip by staying tuned to his Facebook profile.
Zabi does have a not-so-secret dream. To grow his construction business to a point that his younger brother can take it over. And then Zabi will return to the practice of medicine to become a world-famous orthopedic surgeon!
You can learn more about Zabi’s diverse passions and excitement for life, albeit without much time to sleep, in this video of him at the Bpeace annual meeting: http://ustre.am/_IC7T:vJp
BART is partially funded by the U.S. Department of State, Office of Citizen Exchanges in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.