Meet the team

Core team


Benjamin Todd

Co-founder and Executive Director

In under three years with Ben's leadership, 80,000 Hours has grown from a student society, to an Oxford affiliated charity, featured on TED, the Washington Post, the BBC Today Programme and more. Ben has a 1st from Oxford in Physics and Philosophy, has published in Climate Physics and speaks Chinese. Before 80,000 Hours, he was the first undergraduate to intern as an analyst at a top investment fund. Rather than taking the job, he persuaded the Chairman to donate £60,000 to 80,000 Hours.


Roman Duda

Director of Content

Roman did a fully-funded Masters in Philosophy at Oxford, during which he also consulted for a top 30 FTSE company on their business strategy, whilst also studying Mandarin Chinese. With a strong interest in Quantified Self, he has worked at the start-ups Memrise and Self Spark.


Will MacAskill

Co-founder and President

In 2009, while a PhD candidate in philosophy, Will co-founded Giving What We Can, a leading charity evaluator that has moved millions of pounds to effective charities and advised the UK government, World Bank, Oxfam among others. In 2011, he co-founded 80,000 Hours with Ben. Currently a Fulbright Scholar, he writes a column in Atlantic spin-off, gives 30% of his stipend to charity, and has published in top philosophy journal Ethics.


Peter Hartree

Technical Director

Peter studied Philosophy at the University of Sussex, graduating with a 1st and two awards for academic achievement. He was offered a Philosophical Quarterly bursary to study the M.Litt at St Andrews, but decided to postpone his return to academia in order to increase his social impact potential. Before joining 80,000 Hours, Peter accumulated over 5 years' experience as a web developer with clients including UK charities Electrical Safety First and the Child Safety Trust. He is also co-founder of a coworking space in Reykjavík, Iceland.

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Rob Wiblin

Executive Director of CEA

Robert studied genetics and economics at the Australian National University, graduating top of his class. Before becoming Executive Director of the Centre for Effective Altruism, he worked as an economic researcher for the Australian Government and investigated the most effective charities for Giving What We Can. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper.

Our Advisors


Dr Nick Beckstead


Nick is a research fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute, and wrote his PhD thesis on how ordinary efforts to do good neglect the crucial importance of the long-run future. We find his analysis and feedback invaluable.


Niel Bowerman


Niel has six years of experience in climate advocacy, during which he was on Obama’s 2008 Environment Policy Team, advisor to the President of the Maldives, founder of Climatico and named a Young Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum.


Paul Christiano

Research advisor

Paul co-founded SPARC, which introduces the US’s top young mathematicians to the maths of intelligent decision making. He’s currently a PhD candidate in Computer Science at Berkeley and plays a leading role in pushing forward effective altruist research.

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Dr Owen Cotton-Barratt

Research advisor

At only 27, Owen lectures in Maths at Oxford. He has published in voting theory, artificial intelligence research and pure mathematics. He now works at the Global Priorities Project in the Centre for Effective Altruism. We turn to him when we need to vet some tricky analysis.


Sebastian Farquhar


After studying Physics and Philosophy at Oxford, Seb wrote the first ever statement of effective altruism and led our early market development and research work. Now he’s working at McKinsey & Co., a strategy consultancy, and focusing on policy and health.


James Norris


James is an entrepreneur obsessed with behavior change and social change. He founded Self Spark, a global platform for science-based lifehacking events, and previously co-built 20 other organizations. He graduated as a triple major/quadruple minor from The University of Texas at Austin.

Dr Toby Ord


Toby is a Fellow of Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute, an expert in global prioritisation, and has been repeatedly covered in the international media for promoting cost-effective philanthropy and founding Giving What We Can.

Carl Shulman

Research advisor

Carl was doing ground-breaking work in effective altruist career choice before we were founded. He has polymath interests, and has graduated law school, worked at the hedge fund Clarium Capital and carried out research into catastrophic risks at MIRI.


Jess Whittlestone

Research advisor

After studying Maths and Philosophy at Oxford, Jess played an invaluable role in our team developing our coaching process and research. Now she’s studying for a PhD in Behavioural Science supervised by Nick Chater - an expert in evidence-based policy.

Volunteer Community

Matthew van der Merwe

Head of the Cambridge Student Group

Matthew studies philosophy at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He has interned at Giving What We Can, and a headhunting firm, and is planning on doing a post-graduate diploma in economics.


Jenny Brennan

Head of the Oxford Student Group

Jenny studies Philosophy, Politics and Economics at University College. She previously interned with 80,000 Hours and, having run website design company since 14, is interested in going into tech entrepreneurship.