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.
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*.
Director of Research
Rob studied both genetics and economics at the Australian National University, graduating top of his class and being named Young Alumnus of the Year in 2015. He ‘earned to give’ as a research economist in various Australian Government agencies, and then moved to the UK to work at the Centre, first as Research Director and then Executive Director. He is also Secretary of the board of Animal Charity Evaluators and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community.
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.
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.
María Gutiérrez Rojas
Freelance graphic designer
María works as a remote, freelance graphic designer based in Costa Rica, where she was born and raised. In 2014, she graduated from NYU Tisch’s Film and TV program with a concentration in traditional hand-drawn animation and a minor in religious studies, and received several scholarships from The Art Student’s League of NY, where she studied representational painting and drawing. María also co-founded and works on developing the Sustainable and Effective Impact Network an organization which aims to generate, evaluate, and develop projects of measurable social value in Costa Rica.
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 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.
Dr Owen Cotton-Barratt
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.
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.
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.