Our Team

OUR TEAM

Aral SÜRMELİ

CEO & Founder

Aral graduated from the Acıbadem University School of Medicine as...

Caitlyn Hoeflin

Program Manager

Caitlyn Hoeflin is the US-based program manager for HERA. Her...

HERA Chief Technology Officer Brian Beswick Photo

Brian Beswick

Chief Technology Officer

Brian Beswick is the Chief Technology Officer for HERA with...

Mike Kautz

Chief Financial Officer

Mike is the chief investment officer of Righthand Capital, a...

Kristyn Anderson

Chief Operating Officer

Kristyn is an associate vice president and the chief of...

Neeru Narla, MD, MPH

Chief Medical Officer

Neeru earned her MD from Mayo Clinic, and completed her...

Aral SÜRMELİ

Position: CEO & Founder
Email: [email protected]

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.

Caitlyn Hoeflin

Position: Program Manager
Email: [email protected]

Caitlyn Hoeflin is the US-based program manager for HERA. Her background is in project management and cognitive science research. Caitlyn graduated from Reed College, Portland Oregon in 2015.

HERA Chief Technology Officer Brian Beswick Photo

Brian Beswick

Position: Chief Technology Officer
Email: [email protected]

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.

Mike Kautz

Position: Chief Financial Officer
Email: [email protected]

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
Email: [email protected]

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.

Neeru Narla, MD, MPH

Position: Chief Medical Officer
Email: [email protected]

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.