Henry Iseman2023–2026 Fellow: Penta Medical Recycling
Henry is the founder of Penta Medical Recycling, an organization that collects and recycles discarded and unsold prosthetic limbs in the US and distributes them around the world for people who cannot afford or access them. This logistical bridge has the potential to connect hundreds of thousands of legs to millions of people, giving them the physical mobility necessary to attain social and economic mobility. Henry is continuing to develop Penta as a field-builder and leader and is excited to leverage the resources of the Fund for New Leadership to help establish the organization as a go-to for amputees, clinicians, hospitals, and manufacturers with unusable equipment that they can donate to others.
Henry has been committed to building Penta since his graduation from Yale in 2018. During this time, he grew Penta from a small student team into a global operation spanning 30 countries, gaining recognition in Forbes 30 Under 30 Healthcare 2019 alongside his founding team for this effort. In building Penta, Henry has learned about team management, governance, and oversight, creating impact through a local partnership, and coordinating operations across cultures, borders, and changing regulatory environments.
At Yale, Henry majored in History with a focus on War and Society. This field of study helped bring him to his work at Penta, as well as other interests such as cultural heritage preservation in conflict zones. Outside of Penta, Henry is closely involved with the World Monuments Fund as a Trustee and Junior Board Co-Chair, in which roles he drives youth engagement and awareness of the threats faced by tangible and intangible heritage globally. As Henry continues his career in social entrepreneurship, he seeks to find innovative ways of helping communities and local actors by making use of resources otherwise inaccessible to them or as yet untapped.