Interim CEO (previously, Director of Internal Systems)
Brenton previously worked as a medical doctor before coming to 80,000 Hours in 2017. 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 takes table tennis way too seriously.
On leave to serve as Interim CEO of Effective Ventures Foundation UK (previously, CEO)
Howie previously worked on global catastrophic risks as a program officer at Open Philanthropy. Before that, he went to Yale Law for two years, where he spent his summers as a public defender in Louisiana and suing prisons with poor conditions at the ACLU. He left Yale to join Open Philanthropy while it was still being incubated at GiveWell. Howie has also worked on white collar crime at the Manhattan DA's office and on U.S. economic policy as a research assistant at the Brookings Institution. As an undergraduate, Howie studied mathematical economics and interdisciplinary social studies at Wesleyan University, a small liberal arts college in Connecticut.
President & 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.
Abigail has a master's in neuroscience from Oxford University and a PhD in psychology and neuroscience from Princeton University. Her research focused on memory, multitasking, cognitive control, and mental health. She has also done research on human subjective wellbeing and changing people's attitudes towards moral psychology. She founded Princeton University Effective Altruism and particularly enjoys speaking with students.
Anemone previously worked at Alvea, a biotech startup, as a clinical trial physician focusing on novel COVID-19 vaccine candidates and other medical countermeasures. During medical school, Anemone spent time at the Swiss Institute for Tropical and Public Health, managed a support program for patients with tuberculosis, and conducted research on human physiology in space. Her doctoral research focused on parasitic infections in street children and orphans in Tanzania.
Before coming to 80,000 Hours, Arden got a PhD in philosophy from New York University, with a specialisation in ethics and attitudes toward time.
Balázs holds a JD from a Hungarian law school and worked in law and consulting, supporting both public and private sector clients. He likes to spend his free time reading philosophy and practicing jiu-jitsu.
Head of Marketing
Before joining 80,000 Hours, Bella worked in movement building at Effective Altruism Oxford, and was part of the co-founding team of the Global Challenges Project. She studied Classics & Philosophy at Oxford, with a particular interest in ethics and non-human animals.
Benjamin is a former civil servant, having worked as a policy adviser across the UK government in the Cabinet Office, Treasury and Department for International Trade. He has master’s degrees in economics and theoretical physics and he has published in the fields of physics, history and complexity science.
Cody received a bachelor's degree in philosophy and studied ethics and public policy to earn his master's. He worked for years as a staff writer and editor at various news outlets and published on a range of topics, including politics, science, and media. Before joining 80,000 Hours, he was a happy recipient of 80,000 Hours' career advising.
Before working at 80,000 Hours, Conor worked at a startup and as a cataloguer at a library. When he's not programming, he's writing short stories and poetry.
Huon studied maths and philosophy at the Australian National University, where he was a core organiser for the university EA club. He then spent a year working in management consulting at a boutique firm before joining 80,000 Hours. In his spare time, he enjoys pole dancing, bouldering, and board games.
Before 80,000 Hours, Jenna worked as a project manager at the Centre for Effective Altruism and a Post-Baccalaureate Fellow at the Center for Global Women’s Health Technologies at Duke University. Jenna graduated summa cum laude from Duke University with a BS in neuroscience.
Jess came to 80,000 Hours after working as the Athletic Union President at the University of St Andrews. She graduated with an MA in philosophy, and has written on longtermism, animal minds, and equitable education.
Interim Head of Internal Systems (previously, Head of Operations)
Jørgen cofounded Effective Altruism Norway and Gi Effektivt, a Norwegian donation platform for GiveWell-recommended charities, while studying. After graduating from NTNU with an MSc in Industrial Economics and Technology Management, he worked as a Community Builder at EA Norway, and later Managing Director of Gi Effektivt. He's interested in strategy games both on tabletops and on screens.
Keiran is a former professional poker player and coach. He was sponsored by PokerStars, the largest online poker company in the world, and made dozens of instructional videos for Run It Once, a leading poker strategy community. He's had articles published in Forbes and Quillette, and made the obvious transition from a graduate psychology program at the University of Melbourne to producer of the 80,000 Hours Podcast.
Kempe holds a BA in German and History from Durham University. Before joining 80,000 Hours, Kempe worked for AmeriCorps, helped start a tuition agency, and worked as a Facebook and Google Ads specialist. When he's not marketing, Kempe enjoys nature hikes and working on an MBA at the University of North Carolina.
Product Lead (Job Board and Headhunting)
Before joining us, Kushal worked primarily as a strategy consultant (at the Boston Consulting Group, and a boutique sports specialist firm) with an interlude working as an editorial researcher for The Economist. He has a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and outside work enjoys playing tennis and watching montages.
Lauren did her PhD in Developmental Psychology at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focused on the effects of chronic substance use on motivational circuits of the brain. In her free time, she enjoys doing yoga, mountain hiking, reading fiction, and hanging out with dogs.
Before joining us, Luisa was Will MacAskill's Chief of Staff at the Forethought Foundation. Before that, she conducted cause prioritisation research at Rethink Priorities and the Future of Humanity Institute, and cost-effectiveness analysis for nonprofit and government programs at ImpactMatters, Innovations for Poverty Action, and GiveWell.
Growth and Product Development Manager
Matt came to 80,000 Hours after three years of litigating for a top global law firm. Before that, he led Harvard Law School's Effective Altruism student group. He continues to support EA groups at law schools and EA community building in the legal field more broadly.
Director of the One-on-one Programme
Michelle holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Oxford, where her thesis was on global priorities research. While completing that, she did the operational set-up of the Centre for Effective Altruism and then became Executive Director of Giving What We Can. She came to us fresh from setting up the Global Priorities Institute at Oxford.
Director of Special Projects
Niel was a co-founder of the Centre for Effective Altruism and previously served as Assistant Director at Oxford University's Future of Humanity Institute. He holds a PhD in physics from Oxford, and served as a climate science advisor to the Office of the President of the Maldives. Niel sits on the board of the Centre for Long-Term Resilience.
After graduating in Egyptology from the University of Cambridge, Nik worked as a freelance designer for non-profit and cultural projects before joining the student recruitment team in Graduate Admissions at the University of Oxford. She worked in marketing and outreach at Oxford for over a decade before coming to 80,000 Hours.
Head 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.
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.
On parental leave (Head of Recruiting)
Before working at 80,000 Hours, Sash was a junior doctor in London. She graduated from King's College London in 2018, where she received multiple awards for academic excellence and did research on HIV that was published in Nature Microbiology.
Sudhanshu has been a consultant with giant multinationals, a corporate soft-skills trainer, a research engineer at a startup, and a PhD student in robotics. He's worked in a variety of contexts including manufacturing, financial services, and healthcare, and has degrees in mathematics, management, and machine learning.
Valerie received degrees in computer science from MIT, where she researched self-driving car safety models. She then worked on software to speed up US clinical trials. She's interested in ethics, weightlifting, dogs, and the outdoors.
Before joining us, Violet worked as a research assistant at Founders Pledge whilst studying for her MSc in Climate Economics. She has an eclectic research background including work on paleoecology, climate economics, and semiconductor fabrication, and holds a bachelor's degree in Physical Geography from UC Berkeley.