Aral Sürmeli

Position: CEO & Founder

Aral graduated from the Acıbadem University School of Medicine as an MD and from Harvard University T. H. Chan School of Public Health as an MPH. He is the cofounder and president of Medical Rescue Association of Turkey (MEDAK) since 2013. He primarily works on medical rescue, disaster response and healthcare of migratory populations.

Neeru Narla, MD, MPH

Position: Chief Medical Officer

Neeru earned her MD from Mayo Clinic, and completed her pediatrics residency and MPH at Harvard, where she is currently faculty. She has collaborated extensively with international partners in Africa and Asia on maternal, infant, and adolescent health, to deliver context-specific interventions with locally driven solutions, and supplemented her medical training with a fellowship in global health delivery. Her work focuses on promoting health equity and innovative preventive services primarily for children and families in resource-denied settings.

Mike Kautz

Position: Chief Financial Officer

Mike is the chief investment officer of Righthand Capital, a RIA headquartered in Massachusetts. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a minor in Philosophy from Boston University.

Kristyn Anderson

Position: Chief Operating Officer

Kristyn is an associate vice president and the chief of staff of Rasky Partners. In this capacity, she supports both the Boston and DC offices by coordinating the execution of strategic initiatives for the firm and day-to-day activities. Kristyn holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management with a concentration in Finance from Boston University. She is the chairwoman of the Young Professionals Board of First Literacy, a non-profit benefiting adult and immigration literacy programs throughout Massachusetts.

Brian Beswick

Position: Chief Technology Officer

Brian Beswick is the Chief Technology Officer for HERA with a background in IT leadership both in the private and public sectors across multiple industry settings.

Sena Gizem Demir

Position: Program Manager

Sena Gizem Demir is our Program Manager based in Turkey. After getting her bachelor's in Sociology, she has been working in nonprofit organizations on women's rights, youth and animal rights and search and rescue. She is currently finishing her master's in Sociology.