Appleton Consulting Inc. (ACI) is an international business consulting company based in Afghanistan with offices in Canada that focuses on enabling unique business solutions for emerging and developing market sectors. ACI provides a wide range of services for its Afghan and international clients including business management, strategic partnership development, proposal writing, supply chain management and recruiting.
Since 2007, ACI has delivered $400M USD dollars worth of projects to its clients. ACI has worked with over 70 Afghan companies, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), the Government of Afghanistan, the Canadian Embassy in Kabul, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Aga Khan Foundation, U.S coalition forces, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and Afghanistan International Bank (AIB). Over the years ACI has developed the key relationships and local knowledge within Afghanistan to enable our clients to have a critical edge in navigating the marketplace.
Steve Appleton, Founder and President
Steve Appleton is the President and CEO of Appleton. Steve retired from the Canadian Army as a senior Colonel in 2005 after 27 years of service and tours in Sarajevo, Iraq and Afghanistan. He joined the firm of ATCO-Frontec in March 2005 as Project Manager and the United Nations Office of Project Services as Program Manager for the $400M USD Road Reconstruction Program in Afghanistan. Steve helped to establish the USAID-UNOPS Community Development Strategy, which was recognized by the Ministry of Public Works in January 2007 as the focal point for long-term road sustainability. In concert with the Aga Khan Foundation and ING, he helped to introduce credit financing for Afghan companies.
Steve has worked with representatives of NATO, the U.S. Department of Defence, the U.S. and Canadian embassies, USAID, GoA, the United Nations, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Louis Berger Group, Aga Khan Foundation, Japan International Cooperation Agency, ING and other organizations in Afghanistan. Steve is focused on attracting international business interests to collaborate with Afghan companies on opportunities in many sectors. Steve graduated with degrees in Civil Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada, an MBA from the University of Ottawa and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, all with honors.