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 major energy 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.


Prof. Will MacAskill

Co-founder and President

In 2009, Will co-founded Giving What We Can, a leading charity evaluator that has raised over $400m in pledged donations to effective charities and advised the UK government, World Bank, Oxfam among others. In 2011, he co-founded 80,000 Hours with Ben. Currently an Associate Professor of moral philosophy at Oxford, Will has pledged to give over half his income to charity, and is the author of *Doing Good Better*.


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.

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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.


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.


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.