My name is Eugenio Attard, but I should add Luigi Lorenzo because my parents, as true Sicilians, also gave me the name of my grandfather and that of San Lorenzo, August 10 the day I was born… But they forgot to separate the names with commas and now I find myself signing piles of documents with my 3 names.
I have a degree in industrial design and visual communication with a Master in Web Media Strategy. I worked for many years in the private sector as a communication consultant, but the passion for Africa and its culture have always been close to me. Maybe even before I discovered her, she discovered me.
At 19, I’ve been in Senegal for the first time. A world has opened up to me that I could no longer do without. I went back several times to Senegal, Mali, Guinea Conakry immersing myself more and more in the context. The strong interest in cultural and social aspects, which I consider an important transversal theme linked to the development of sub-Saharan Africa, led me to found Destination West Africa Aps in Italy in 2010, for which I coordinated various projects regarding the theme of intangible cultural heritage preservation. In the same year, I had the opportunity to be part of the staff of the EUGAD – Global Agenda for Development project which took me to Sierra Leone, Liberia and back to Guinea Conakry. Back in Italy, I embarked on my own personal design training course in international cooperation. I recently spent about a year and a half in Mali following some projects in the field of food security and nutrition.
I strongly believe in the potential of Africa and in its non-welfare development, according to a different model, in which its culture, humanity and solidarity capacity are also a value and an example for the “other side of the world”. Today I am very happy to have met Mani Tese in my path, in which I feel I can make a positive contribution, have professional and human growth and be able to contribute together to the construction of a more equitable, less consumerist and more responsible world.