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Navigating Disaster: How SEKO Government, Space & Defense Redefines Humanitarian Logistics

By: Mike Ligthart, Global Commercial Lead for Government, Space & Defense

As someone deeply engaged in the critical work of delivering humanitarian aid, I’ve seen first-hand the pivotal role logistics companies play in transporting relief to disaster and war-torn areas. I also know it’s one of the most challenging tasks in logistics. Organizations must navigate obstacles such as a lack of infrastructure, compliance regulations, the need to maintain a neutral role, and more. The process is anything but straightforward, but it’s where the SEKO Government, Space & Defense team’s expertise shines.

Our humanitarian mission at SEKO Government, Space & Defense is simple yet profound: bring relief and aid to people in need all over the world through our logistical support. Read on to learn how we’re uniquely positioned to achieve that mission.

Maintaining Neutrality and Trust in Complex Environments

Operating in conflict zones demands neutrality and trust. By successfully positioning ourselves as a neutral partner, we’re able to gain acceptance from stakeholders on both sides of a conflict. In fostering these critical relationships, we ensure our efforts remain unimpeded by political or ideological boundaries.

With a full staff that is experienced in working in disaster and relief, we can leverage teammates on the ground who have deep knowledge surrounding the intricacies of local authorities, laws, and the dynamics of the regions they serve. This allows us to remain agile enough to ensure the safe and effective delivery of aid, even in the most volatile environments.

Consolidating Efforts for Maximum Impact Across the Globe

One of the core challenges our team faces is the intricate task of consolidating relief and aid efforts from multiple organizations working towards the same cause. Our team has a network of warehouses and partners strategically situated to support any conflict and relief disaster zone in the world. By leveraging SEKO’s extensive infrastructure, we can effectively streamline the consolidation of essential supplies across our warehouses and facilitate distribution via our vetted network of airline carriers and robust ground transportation facilities.

Leveraging World-Class Partnerships

We take pride in our collaborations with esteemed humanitarian organizations and leverage our expertise to enhance their capabilities to deliver essential aid to those who need it most as quickly and efficiently as possible.

In 2023 alone, we’ve worked with our partners to support a variety of different humanitarian relief projects, including:

  • Providing aid to Morocco and Türkiye in the wake of the devastating earthquakes,
  • assisting people in Libya after the flash flooding,
  • creating a humanitarian airbridge to get supplies to Haiti,
  • supporting the relief and aid efforts towards the people of Israel and Palestine,
  • and most predominantly mobilizing aid to Ukraine to help 2.2 million people and counting.

I’m incredibly proud of everything SEKO Government, Space & Defense has achieved alongside its humanitarian partners and am committed to maintaining our organization’s reputation as a driving force behind getting aid to those who need it most.

If you’d like to learn more about SEKO Government, Space & Defense, visit our webpage or reach out to me directly at




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