DIHAD (Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition) acts as a forum and facilitator for organisations around the world involved in delivering humanitarian aid. Over 300 companies, from 60+ countries exhibited at this year’s event held in Dubai.
“It was an honour to participate in this year’s event,” says Paul Hubers, founder and director, Sungrid Group. “A key part of our vision is focused on using our products for humanitarian aid, and DIHAD is definitely the forum to help enable this.”
Attended by the likes of UNICEF, United Nations, Save the Children as well as various other international refugee and relief organisations, all with the common to reduce human suffering around the world. “We know, and have evidence, that our portable (solar) power and lighting products bring relief, particularly during times of crisis,” says Hubers. “Participation at an event such as DIHAD enables us to continue living our vision, not only of giving back to society but to empower those living in disaster areas around the world.”
The favourable feedback received, together with its recent appointment as supplier to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UN HCR), reinforces the value that Sungrid Group’s range of portable (solar) power and lighting products are able to deliver to the humanitarian marketplace.
The Sungrid Group is proud to announce its selection as supplier of portable (solar) power and lighting products to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UN HCR). These products will be used to assist the UN HCR in its humanitarian efforts and provision of aid around the world.
“A key part of our company’s focus is to have our products make a difference in the lives of others,” says Paul Hubers, founder and director, Sungrid Group. “The UN is the biggest humanitarian aid organisation in the world. On the back of this contract we are confident that not only will we make inroads into the humanitarian aid market a lot sooner than expected but, most importantly, that it will enable us to truly live our vision of giving back.”
This partnership will see Sungrid Group supplying the UN HCR with its full range of portable (solar) power and lighting products, in addition to which it will also assist with logistics and shipping requirements. “We have contracted a special airfreight company who deliver cargo to rural areas worldwide,” says Hubers. “In fact, the first shipment of Ecoboxx 600s is already been delivered to Nepal, with another shipment making its way to Yemen.”
Hubers goes on to explain that whilst the UN ensures a level playing field across its tender process, the criteria to be selected as a supplier are stringent. “The level of quality insisted upon is very high and, of course, pricing considerations are important,” he says.
“We are honoured to have been selected,” continues Hubers, “and look forward to a long and mutually valuable relationship.”
Sungrid Group extends a warm welcome to Ramzi Charaf, the new agent for the Mena region in Dubai. “We are very happy to work with Ramzi Charaf as our exclusive Sungrid Group agent. Ramzi is an experienced agent with great contact in the Middle East. With his Swiss/Lebanese background and his extensive business knowledge and reputable network, Ramzi will add significant value to the growth ambitions of Sungrid Group in the Middle East region.
“We are experiencing growing interest for our products across all fields, but particularly within disaster areas,” says Paul Hubers, founder and director of Sungrid Group.
They will at first focus mainly on this market via Dubai with Ramzi. The first listings with humanitarian organisations are complete and they are working toward securing many more listings, according Paul Hubers.
“We are proud to be able to supply the disaster relief agents with our portable power products. As a result of the wide range of products from small power and light, to bigger units like the Ecoboxx 600 and 1500 watt, we are able to fulfil many inquiries from this market need.
Ramzi Charaf (middle), Paul Hubers (left) and Ryan Stetler (right) from Sungrid Group in Dubai.