Design, Dine, make a Difference 2021: GAIA

Each year the region’s A+D community comes together to celebrate sustainable designs in support of Surge’s mission. This year’s theme “GAIA” challenges designers to create pieces that are deeply connected to and representative of nature. Designers are challenged to capture our changing planet and humanity’s role in this change by considering all four dimensions of sustainability — social, ecological, economic and worldview.

Surge for Water invests in communities through safe water and sanitation solutions to help end the cycle of poverty. Surge Middle East increases awareness of the global water crisis, contributing to a culture that cares, feels responsible and practices sustainable daily habits to preserve local water resources.

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Acoulite, Milliken & SURFACE ELEVEN

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It’s that time of the year, when the design community starts stirring, and the hum and buzz of Surge begins.

Surge’s Design, Dine, make a Difference 2021: GAIA

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World Water Day 2021: Fill The Glass


Surge for Water


International Humanitarian City, Office 208,
United Arab Emirates

Surge for Water invests in safe water, sanitation, hygiene and menstrual health solutions to help end the cycle of poverty.

Founded in 2008, Surge has impacted over 1,000,000 people in 11 countries. Our work includes: construction of wells, springs, rainwater harvesting systems; installation of household and community water filters; construction of toilets; and the implementation of customized hygiene and menstrual health education programs. Surge is actively delivering its sustainable, holistic, community led programs in Haiti, the Philippines and Uganda. Through our work, entire communities have seen improvements in infrastructure, health, dignity, education, income, and many other advances in the overall well-being for generations to come.

Surge is headquartered in Chicago, USA with a branch office in Dubai.


Contact Details:
International Humanitarian City,
Office 208,Dubai, UAE

Team members:


Shilpa Alva

Founder & Executive Director at Surge. 

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Executive Director

Marita Peters

Middle East Executive Director at Surge.

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Creative Director

Mriganka Travasso

Partner at styleGREEN
Founder at Plumsheep and Design Director at Surge.
Email: [email protected]

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Regional Development Director

Laila Al-Yousuf

Laila, the Design Director/Partner at Say Studio, Dubai. is the winner of the 2014 Young Interior Designer of the Year award.

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