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 a project of the Centre for Effective Altruism, and is run by Centre for Effective Altruism staff.

The Centre for Effective Altruism is a registered charity in England and Wales (Charity Number 1149828) and a registered 501(c)(3) Exempt Organization in the USA (EIN 47-1988398).

Contents The Giving What We Can Team

  1. Founders
  2. Staff
  3. Volunteers


Toby Ord


Toby co-founded Giving What We Can and the wider effective altruism movement. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. His current research is on the long-term future of humanity, and the risks which threaten to drastically limit our potential. His book, The Precipice, explores these topics in more detail.


William MacAskill


Co-founder of Giving What We Can and 80,000 Hours, trustee of the Centre for Effective Altruism.



Julia Wise

Advisor, former President

Julia was President of Giving What We Can from 2017 to 2020. She serves as a Community Liaison at the Centre for Effective Altruism. Her training is in sociology and social work, and before coming to the Centre for Effective Altruism she spent three years as a mental health worker.


Luke Freeman

Executive Director of Giving What We Can

Luke Freeman manages Giving What We Can. He is also an active volunteer with various social impact focused projects (EAGxAustralia, Effective Altruism Australia, EA Sydney, Global Shapers Community). He has a background in marketing with a focus on growing early-stage technology startups (Positly, Sendle, TuShare, Coviu). He holds degrees and diplomas in media and communications from Macquarie University and Simon Fraser University.


Sam Deere

Technical Director

Sam runs technical operations for Giving What We Can. He studied politics, and has worked as a political adviser.


JP Addison


As a developer at the Centre for Effective Altruism, JP works with Sam on technical projects for Giving What We Can.



Ben Chugg

Ben helps organize and run the monthly meetup events. He’s spent time on the executive team of both EA Oxford and EA Stanford. He’s currently a research fellow at Stanford Law School, where he works to improve governments’ use of data and algorithmics. He’s also a big fan of socks and sandals. Make sure to say hi at the next (Americas/Oceania) event you attend!


Dominika Krupocin

Dominika volunteers with the events team and content editing/reviewing team at Giving What We Can. She also assists with member interviews and supports other projects, as needed. Dominika is a core member in her local EA Philadelphia group where she contributes to the decision-making processes, helps with organizing events, and manages social media platforms for the chapter. Dominika is interested in strengthening and growing the EA community, as well as improving animal welfare. Her overarching goal is to enter a high-impact career path pertinent to one of these areas. Dominika holds a PhD in security studies and is most passionate about cultural security and the intersection of security and climate change.


Heather Heckman

Heather volunteers with the member interviews and content teams at Giving What We Can.


Jo Duyvestyn

Events Team

Jo volunteers with our events team, and various other minor projects. She has been getting herself involved in the EA community for a while now: in Perth and Melbourne, with online events, and now with EA Netherlands. She is pursuing a PhD in virology, studying vector-borne disease and vaccine development, framed from a pandemic preparedness and OneHealth perspective.


Julian Hazell

Julian is passionate about creating tangible social change through the use of rigorous and evidence-based thinking that frequently leverages principles from economics and behavioural science. This passion led him to the EA community, where he is primarily interested in exploring the behavioural aspects that drive charitable decisions as well as interventions that can be used to make these decisions more effective. Julian volunteers as a columnist for Giving What We Can and has previously worked as an associate editor at The Decision Lab, a behavioural science think-tank. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics and management from McGill University and is currently working as an analyst at RBI.


Want to add your name to the list?

If you are interested in working with us, please check out the Centre for Effective Altruism's careers page for opportunities. If you are interested in volunteering for Giving What We Can, we welcome you to apply to volunteer.

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