Under his leadership, the Syria Civil Defense has expanded into a network of over 3,900 volunteers who have saved over 100,000 lives. The SCD was nominated for the 2016 and 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, and received the Right Livelihood Award, InterAction’s 2016 Humanitarian Award, Atlantic Council’s Freedom Award and Middle East Institute’s Visionary Award. A Netflix documentary about the White Helmets won an Oscar in 2017. Raed has spoken at the UN Security Council and numerous international donor conferences to support Syria. He is originally from Jisr al-Shughoor in northern Syria.