The Giving What We Can Team

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

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Contents The Giving What We Can Team

  1. Founders
  2. Staff
  3. Volunteers

Founders

Toby Ord

Co-Founder

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.

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William MacAskill

Co-Founder

Philosopher Will MacAskill is a co-founder the effective altruism movement, Giving What We Can, 80,000 Hours, and The Centre for Effective Altruism, and the author of "Doing Good Better" and "Moral Uncertainty". He is an Associate Professor in Philosophy and Research Fellow at the Global Priorities Institute, University of Oxford.

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Staff

Michael Townsend

Researcher

Michael is a researcher at Giving What We Can, with an academic background in philosophy and law. He is also an actively engaged member of the effective altruism community — as an organiser for his university society, core-organiser for EAGxAustralia 2019 and now lead-organiser for EAGxAustralia 2022. He has previously volunteered as a researcher investigating policy around global catastrophic risk for Cambridge’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk and has experience as a journalist, consultant and professional poker player.

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Luke Freeman

Executive Director

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.

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Jasper Hartong

Technical Product Manager

Jasper is a digital product developer, with an academic background in Interaction Design and 9 years of hands-on experience in his own and other start-ups. He has fulfilled the roles of CTO, Tech Lead, UX Lead, Product Manager, front-end developer and back-end developer.

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Toni Adleberg

Editor

Toni is a contract researcher, writer, and editor for Giving What We Can. She has an academic background in philosophy and about five years of professional experience in the effective altruism space. She has previously worked as the director of research for Animal Charity Evaluators and the managing editor of "Social Theory and Practice," an academic philosophy journal.

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Madeleine Jones

Social Media Manager

Jones first learned about effective altruism from Peter Singer's "The Most Good You Can Do," and she is excited to grow and strengthen the movement. She is particularly passionate about reducing — and one day eliminating — the suffering of farmed animals, addressing the climate crisis, and advancing gender equality.

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Volunteers

Geetanjali Basarkod

Geetanjali is a research fellow at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education. Her research examines wellbeing and functioning, as well as the contextual factors that affect these outcomes. She is also interested in exploring the precedents and antecedents of prosocial attitudes and behaviours, and how prosociality can be enhanced through school-based interventions.

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Surbhi Bharadwaj

Surbhi is a member of Giving What We Can. She works as a management consultant in New York City and received her bachelor's degree in development economics and statistics from Yale University. She grew up in India and is especially interested in expanding the reach of effective altruism in South Asia.

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Ben Chugg

Ben helps organise and run GWWC's 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!

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Jo Duyvestyn

Jo volunteers with the Giving What We Can events team, and various other projects. She has been involved in the EA community for a while now — in Perth and Melbourne, via 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.

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Greg Gianopoulos

Greg is a volunteer with Giving What We Can. He first learned about effective altruism teaching philosophy and working on charity elections with The Life You Can Save, and he loves collaborating on meaningful projects with high schoolers. As a graduate student in School Psychology, he is interested in researching and developing programming that promotes youth voice and positive school climate.

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Julian Hazell

Julian is passionate about creating tangible social change through the use of rigorous and evidence-based thinking and 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.

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Heather Heckman

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

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Dominika Krupocin

Dominika volunteers with the events and content teams at Giving What We Can. She also assists with member interviews and supports other projects, as needed. Dominika is a core member of her local EA Philadelphia group where she contributes to decision-making, helps organise 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.

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Andrew Leeke

Andrew is a member of Giving What We Can. He works for the Centre for Effective Altruism, helping EA organisations run efficiently.

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MF Mika

Mika is a member of Giving What We Can, a global citizen, and a part-time math and programming tutor. He has a PhD in mathematics from Rutgers University. He's currently based in Ukraine after ten years of moving around and cycle touring around Eastern Europe. When he’s not on the road, Mika spends his time studying math and languages, building relationships, and engaging with effective altruism.

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Faiz Surani

Faiz Surani is a member of Giving What We Can. He's currently an undergraduate at University of California, Santa Barbara studying computer science. His interests include graph theory, constitutional law, and of course, effective altruism.

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Floris Wolswijk

Floris a member of Giving What We Can. He is building a database of psychedelics research for mental health at Blossom. He also co-founded Queal (quick + meal), which provides people with convenient meals. Floris is one of the organizers of the Effective Altruism Rotterdam (The Netherlands) local group.

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Want to add your name to the list?

If you are interested in working with us, please check out our 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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