The Giving What We Can Team

Alison and Sam hard at work at Giving What We Can's offices in Oxford (Ailsa Fineron /

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Giving What We Can is staffed by a small but very dedicated team. Meet our amazing staff, advisers, and volunteers.

Contents The Giving What We Can Team

  1. Staff
  2. Advisors
  3. Advisory Board
  4. Volunteers


Toby Ord


Toby is the Founder and former President of Giving What We Can. He has provided advice to bodies such as the World Health Organisation, World Bank and the Prime Minister's Office. Toby has held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at Balliol College, Oxford, and is currently a James Martin Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute. His current research focus is population ethics. He completed Master’s and PhD degrees at the University of Oxford. Toby donates everything he earns above £18,000 to charity. His work on cost-effective philanthropy has received extensive coverage in the international media.

William MacAskill


Will co-founded Giving What We Can and 80,000 Hours, and is a trustee of the Centre for Effective Altruism. He is an Associate Professor in Philosophy at Lincoln College, Oxford. He studied philosophy at Cambridge (B.A.) and Oxford (BPhil, DPhil), and was a Fulbright Scholar at Princeton. He has published in top philosophy journal Ethics and recently wrote book about Effective Altruism, Doing Good Better.

Michelle Hutchinson

Executive Director

Michelle sets the strategy for Giving What We Can, coordinates team members and evaluates progress in line with that. She has a PhD in Applied Ethics from Oxford University on prioritisation in global health. She is a Research Associate at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and was named a ‘Young Global Shaper’ by the World Economic Forum. She loves dancing and playing Articulate with friends.

Jonathan Courtney

Assistant Executive Director, Director of Outreach

Jon is responsible for running Giving What We Can's Outreach strategy. For now, this strategy focuses on supporting chapters and encouraging new chapters to develop. Jonathan has a Masters of Philosophy from Oxford, and is passionate about ethics, both theoretical and applied. He got involved with Giving What We Can early on in his degree, volunteering for them in a number of capacities, before starting work full-time as the Director of Community. In the past, he has volunteered for a number of other poverty oriented non-profits, including founding a university chapter for the World Food Program at his previous university. He is very Canadian.

Alison Woodman

Director of Community

Alison is the heart of our community of members. She organises events for members, facilitates their giving by managing the Trust, answers any and all questions, and looks for new ways to support them. Alison studied a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge, specialising in social anthropology, with a strong interest in medical anthropology. Soon after graduating she became involved with Giving What We Can, initially managing communications, before starting as Director of Community. She is also a talented musician, having performed at venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, and in front of members of the royal family and Stephen Hawking.

Sam Deere

President and Technical Director

Sam represents Giving What We Can in the media and in other public forums. He also manages the Giving What We Can website and tech stack.

He has previously worked in policy and communications roles for several high-profile Australian politicians, and was part of the team that won the ‘unwinnable’ 2014 South Australian state election. He studied Politics and History at the University of Adelaide, and has nearly a decade of experience as a web developer. While no longer working in politics, Sam takes a strong interest in global politics and policymaking, and is also a keen photographer.

Larissa Hesketh-Rowe

Chapters and Communications

Larissa is a Marketing and Communications Specialist at Giving What We Can. She previously managed our social media and a local chapter in Brighton in the UK on a voluntary basis. Larissa studied Politics and Sociology, volunteered as a political campaign coordinator and stood in local elections. Since then she has spent five years in corporate sales, events and marketing. In her spare time she enjoys running, playing football and going to gigs.


Andreas Mogensen

Senior Advisor

Andreas is a tutorial fellow at Jesus College, Oxford and an associate professor at the Faculty of Philosophy. He studied philosophy at Cambridge (B.A.) and Oxford (B.Phil, D.Phil) and was a visiting scholar at Duke University. His current research focuses on the extent to which moral philosophers can be considered ethical experts and the issue of how to weigh harms and benefits of different magnitudes in the context of risk. He has conducted research for Giving What We Can for four years. He has a beard.

Advisory Board

Catriona Mackay

Civil Servant

Catriona is a civil servant for the UK government. She previously worked for the Department for International Development, managing their Payment by Result Strategy, and is currently working in internal communications for the Department for Work and Pensions. She also founded and ran one of Giving What We Can's first chapters in London.

Dr Anke Hoeffler

Development Economist

Anke is a development economist with expertise in institutional change. She is a Research Officer at the Centre for the Study of African Economies at the University of Oxford and a senior associate member at the International Peace Research Institute Oslo. Her research interests are primarily in the areas of economic growth and economies of conflict.

Luke Ding


Luke studied medicine at Oxford University, subsequently switched to a career in finance and held a number of senior management positions at Natwest and Merrill Lynch, and became a senior partner at fund management firm Brevan Howard. He now engages full time with his philanthropic activities in parallel with pursuing his business interests. He is a keen supporter of many organisations associated with Effective Altruism. Luke has sponsored many health care initiatives in developing countries, including national deworming programmes in Burundi and Madagascar. He is based in London.

Mark Barnes


Mark has extensive management experience in the financial industry leading departments of over 100 employees. He has completed a Masters in Philosophy and Public Policy and is now Director at Wave Transfer Limited UK: a company aiming to maximise their impact in the world by making the process of sending remittances to Africa more efficient.

Dr Peter Jourdan

Medical Researcher

Peter holds an MD and a PhD in medicine focusing on schistosomiasis. He has worked as a program manager for the World Food Programme and the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative. He is currently Director of Science and Policy for DEWORM3, a set of trials aiming to test the feasibility of eliminating soil-transmitted helminths.


Hayden Wilkinson


Hayden is a Volunteer Researcher for Giving What We Can and an Intern for the Centre for Effective Altruism. He has previously conducted research into the moral implications of an infinite universe and into the metaphysics of causation. He holds degrees in both Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Queensland in Australia and is commencing a PhD in Philosophy this year.

Jacob Hilton


Jacob is a PhD student in mathematics at the University of Leeds. He maintains the membership database and other technology behind the website.

Carolina Flores

Blog Editor

Carolina manages the Giving What We Can blog. She recently finished her undergraduate studies in Maths and Philosophy at St Hugh's College, Oxford, where she is now studying for a Master’s in Maths and Philosophy.

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If you are interested in working, volunteering, or interning with us, please check our Volunteer or Work With Us page for opportunities.