About

Although it seems odd to write about oneself in the third person, for the sake of those that need my bio for the record, etc, here you go:

Ariel Beery is the CEO of MobileOCT, a medical device company seeking to eradicate cervical cancer by making screening as ubiquitous as mobile phones, and working daily to advance biomedical imaging of cancers and other abnormalities of epithelial tissue.

Previously, Ariel served as the Global CEO of the PresenTense Group, an organization he co-founded back in 2005 and served ever since. He began as the editor and publisher of PresenTense Magazine, and co-founder of the PresenTense Institute for socially-minded entrepreneurs in 2007. Ariel tends to write a bit, and has published in over a dozen “papers” around the world including the Times of Israel, HuffPo, Forward, the London Jewish Chronicle, the Jerusalem Post and Haaretz. Here is a bibliography of his articles (or at least the ones he remembers writing). And here is a link to his first full-length novel, a scifi spy-thriller focusing on what could happen if a Google-like company decided to influence the way democracy works: Do No Evil.

Ariel teaches and lectures at Universities and conferences worldwide, primarily on the effect of the Digital Age on communities, societies and community organizing – and particularly on issues pertaining to the Jewish People, Zionism, and the State of Israel. Ariel counts Columbia University, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and New York University (twice) as his almae matres – in Economics, Political Science, Jewish Philosophy, Jewish History and a Master’s in Public Administration focusing on Nonprofit Management, respectively.

Ariel has been privileged to appear on a few lists over the years. Highlights include 10 Jews to Watch by the World Jewish Digest in 2008 (along with Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg), The New York Jewish Week’s 36 under 36 in 2008, and the Jerusalem Post’s “Ten Jewish Leaders of the Future” in 2011.

Some more personal info:

Ariel was born and raised in New York City, in downtown Manhattan, and is a proud product of the New York Public School System–attending P.S.3, the Center School, and Stuyvesant High School.

Ariel is third generation Hashomer Hatzair socialist-Zionist youth movement, served as the New York Regional Director in 1995, the General Secretary for Hashomer Hatzair in North America in 1996-97. After a year at Wesleyan University he volunteered for a year of service to the movement in Israel, on Kibbutz Kerem Shalom, in 1998.

On Kerem Shalom, Ariel co-founded the First of May Project, later known as the Youth-to-Youth project, a Palestinian-Israeli umbrella youth movement that brought together youth movements from the socially-conscious left.

From 1999 till 2001, Ariel volunteered in the Israel Defense Forces, and served in the Nahal Brigade until he sustained an injury. He finished his service in the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, where he wrote and translated information packets and was, among other things, a speech-writer for the Advisor for the Minister of Defense for Arab Affairs, David Haham.

In 2002, Ariel returned to New York City, and started his higher education, serving in various posts in student government (including Student Body President of Columbia University’s General Studies Student Council), and a good few roles as an activist on campus. Here is an article about him, from back then.

Ariel now lives in Tel Aviv with his wife and daughter, and absolutely loves the city as an example of how the mixture of Old and New is the fulfillment of the wish for roots and wings.

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