Alberto Cairo
Alberto is the head of the ICRC's orthopaedic programme in Afghanistan. He's spent the past two decades in this war-ravaged nation – far from his native Italy – helping an estimated 100,000 Afghan landmine and accident victims learn to find the strength within themselves to not only walk, but also to hope, again.

In a country where the disabled are generally given pity but no rights, Alberto found a way – through micro-loans, positive discrimination schemes and home schooling – to give tens of thousands of disabled Afghans a job and a sense of dignity and pride.

He’ll share with us his wish for overcoming the social and physical barriers the disabled face in war-torn communities across the globe.