CEO and co-founder
Ben managed 80,000 Hours while it grew from a lecture, to a student society, to the organisation it is today. Before 80,000 Hours, he was the first undergraduate to intern as an analyst at a top investment fund. He has a 1st from Oxford in Physics and Philosophy, has published in Climate Physics, once kick-boxed for Oxford, and speaks Chinese, badly.
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.
Dr Niel Bowerman
Specialist Coach: AI policy
Niel was a co-founder of the Centre for Effective Altruism and previously served as Assistant Director at the University of Oxford's Future of Humanity Institute. He holds a PhD in physics from Oxford and has six years of experience in climate advocacy, during which he served on Barack Obama’s 2008 Environment Policy Team and worked as an advisor to the President of the Maldives.
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.
Tech Lead & Web Product Manager
Peter has been making things for the web for 15 years. His side projects include Inbox When Ready, a Chrome extension with thousands of weekly users including teams at The Economist, AirBnB and Uber. He graduated with 1st class degree in Philosophy, receiving two awards for academic achievement and a bursary from the Philosophical Quarterly.
Co-head of Coaching
Brenton came to 80,000 Hours after practicing clinical medicine in Australia and Fiji. He co-founded the Run to Better Days and Effective Altruism Australia, non-profits promoting effective development aid for people living in extreme poverty. He once represented his city in table tennis and takes the sport way too seriously.
Director of Coaching
After pursuing clinical medicine, Peter worked with the University of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute before coming to 80,000 Hours. Peter co-founded Effective Altruism Australia, a tax-deductible charity that in its first 2 years has raised over $1.5 million for effective charities, founded a mobile phone repairs company, and managed a large sales team at the age of 18.
Director of Research
Rob won a scholarship to study genetics and economics at the Australian National University, graduating top of his class and being named Young Alumnus of the Year in 2015. He worked as a research economist in various Australian Government agencies, before moving to the UK to work at the Centre for Effective Altruism, where he was Research Director and then Executive Director, before moving to 80,000 Hours. He was also a founding board member of Animal Charity Evaluators and a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers Community.
María Gutiérrez Rojas
Freelance graphic designer
María works as a remote, freelance graphic designer based in Costa Rica. In 2014, she graduated from NYU Tisch’s Film and TV program with a concentration in traditional hand-drawn animation, and received several scholarships from The Art Student’s League of NY, where she studied representational painting and drawing. María also works on developing an organization which generates and evaluates projects of measurable social value in Costa Rica.
Freelance web developer
Naoki is a web enthusiast, currently based in Zurich, Switzerland. Before becoming self-employed, he worked as a backend software engineer and also tried his hand at tech entrepreneurship. In his spare time he serves on the boards of Sentience Politics and the Swiss Vegan Society. Naoki has degrees in computer science from ETH Zurich (B.S.) and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (M.S.) as well as an M.A. in linguistics from the University of Bern.
Nadine van der Waal
Freelance social media and marketing
Nadine worked in marketing and growth hacking in several startups in the Netherlands, including Ashoka, Breekjaar, Vacatures Starters and Little Talks.
Centre For Effective Altruism staff who assist 80,000 Hours
Operations Manager, US branch
Miranda is a former ICU nurse from Canada. She traveled to several continents as a logistics volunteer with the Centre for Applied Rationality, and eventually married an Australian whom she met at a workshop and moved to San Francisco in 2015.
Head of Operations
Caitlin manages the CEA operations team, as well as the Berkeley office space. She has a background in operations work from her time with the Frameworks Institute in DC and working in academic administration during her time as a graduate student at Georgetown. She has a B.A. in linguistics from Haverford College and an M.S. in sociolinguistics from Georgetown University.
Mason works closely with the Operations team to determine which existing processes can be further optimized or automated and which non-extant or informal processes could benefit from some structure. Prior to joining CEA, Mason worked as a freelancer in a wide variety of roles, including research, event organization, and web design/development.
Chief Executive Officer
Larissa coordinates the teams at CEA. Larissa previously worked as CEA's marketing and communication specialist. Before coming to work at CEA, she volunteered for Giving What We Can and in UK party politics, and spent five years working in corporate sales, events and marketing.
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.
Dr Owen Cotton-Barratt
Owen has a PhD in pure mathematics from Oxford. He has published in several disciplines and now works as a Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute. We turn to him when we need to vet some tricky analysis.
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.
Dr Jess Whittlestone
After studying Maths and Philosophy at Oxford, Jess played an invaluable role in our team developing our coaching process and research. She has a PhD in Behavioural Science and has worked for the Behavioural Insights Team as a consultant for government, specialising in security and foreign policy.