Eli Beer, Founder and President

After witnessing a bus bombing in Jerusalem as he was walking home from school at the age of six, Eli was inspired by this traumatic experience to pursue a career that would allow him to save lives. Eli became a certified EMT at 15, and began volunteering on an ambulance in order to follow his life’s mission. What he found, though, was that when someone needed fast medical attention, unfortunately, the ambulance was unable to arrive in time due to traffic, congestion, and the distance from which the ambulance was dispatched.

Eli sought out to fix this widespread and urgent problem. Although just a teenager, Beer gathered a group of like-minded EMTs with a passion for saving lives to listen to police scanners and rush to the scene when medical help was needed in their neighborhood. The initiative eventually became United Hatzalah (meaning rescue in Hebrew).

United Hatzalah has been at the forefront of medical innovation. Its fleet of vehicles, including the Ambucycle, a motorcycle that has all the medical equipment of an ambulance aside from a stretcher, allows EMTs to reach the patient on average of 90 seconds in Jerusalem, and 3 minutes across Israel. In 2006, Beer invented “Moskowitz Life Compass,” which is the most advanced location technology, able to locate the 5 closest EMS responders within 3 seconds of an emergency.

In twenty-five years, the organization has grown to more than 4,000 volunteers who unite together to save lives, regardless of race or religion. This communal EMS network helps save over 265,000 people per year, in Israel, as they waited for ambulances and medical attention.

Eli’s vision is to bring this life saving model across the world. In 2015, Beer expanded internationally with the establishment of branches in South America and other countries, including “United Rescue” in Jersey City, where the response time was reduced to just two minutes and thirty-five seconds.

For his tireless work, Eli has received various recognitions and awards. This includes being named as Social Entrepreneur of the Year in Israel by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship in 2010, receiving the Israel President Prize by President Shimon Peres for innovation and volunteering in 2011, becoming a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2012, and being awarded the Victor J. Goldberg IIE Prize for Peace in the Middle East in 2013.

Eli resides in Israel with his wife, Gitty, and four children, who are also EMT volunteers. In addition to saving lives, Eli is currently the President and Principal Partner at Misada Capital, an investment fund in the US.

Michael Brown, Vice President
Michael has been working in the non-profit space for over 10 years. He sits on the Board of the Council of Young Jewish Presidents and was listed in 2013 as one of the 36 Under 36 by The Jewish Week. He received his BA from Brown University and MA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).
Mark Gerson, Chairman
Mark Gerson is an American investor and businessman. He is the co-founder and chairman of the Gerson Lehrman Group, a knowledge brokerage and primary research firm that operates a membership-based platform of more than 375,000 independent consultants. He is the co-founder of the professional booking marketplace, Thuzio.
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