Meet the team
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.
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.
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 Qz.com, gives 30% of his stipend to charity, and has published in top philosophy journal Ethics.
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.
Centre For Effective Altruism Support Staff
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.