Raed Saleh is currently the Chief of White Helmet. As Director of Syrian Civil Defense, he is responsible for oversight and strategic planning, as well as the international representation of the organization. His experience in international organization and civil defense bodies first started during the 2011 Syrian Peaceful Revolution, in which Saleh took active part, and ultimately becoming part of the Global Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) cluster. Between 2011 and 2012 he worked as a Board Member of the Syrian Refugee Camp in Turkey, contributing to the coordination of human actors and service providers working in the camp. During this year, he also greatly contributed to the founding of the Syrian Mine Action Centre and the Jist Ashughour Relief Bureau.
The following year, Raed Saleh Co-Founded the Syrian Civil Defense, a volunteer organisation that engages mainly in search and rescue, trauma care and all immediate response operations in response to bombings, medical evacuation and civilian evacuation from danger zones. He worked as a manager of its directorate, before becoming Director in 2014.
Complementing his extensive humanitarian action, Read Saleh received several awards and recognitions, including the RISING Global Peace Price and Mother Teresa Award in 2016.
The White Helmets were also subject of a Documentary that was awarded with an Oscar in 2017.