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.
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 then worked as a research economist in various Australian Government agencies, before moving to the UK to work at CEA, where he worked as Research Director and Executive Director before moving to 80,000 Hours. He was also a founding board member of Animal Charity Evaluators and a member of the WEF's Young 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.
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 few months has raised over $400,000 for effective charities, founded a mobile phone repairs company, and managed a large sales team at the age of 18.
Dr Brenton Mayer
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Peter is a web developer with over six years of experience. His charitable clients include the Electrical Safety Council, the Child Safety Trust and the Ruya Foundation. He studied Philosophy at the University of Sussex, graduating with a 1st and two awards for academic achievement.
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.