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Will MacAskill

CEO and Trustee

Will is an associate professor of philosophy at Oxford University. Previously he studied philosophy at Cambridge (B.A.) and Oxford (BPhil, DPhil), and was a Fulbright Scholar at Princeton. When he joined the faculty of Oxford University age 28, he was the youngest associate professor of philosophy in the world.

Will is a co-founder of Giving What We Can, 80,000 Hours, and the Centre for Effective Altruism. His book about effective altruism, Doing Good Better, was released in August 2015 through Penguin Random House. He serves as Chairman of the board and President of Centre for Effective Altruism USA Inc.

Toby Ord


Toby has held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at Balliol College, Oxford, and is currently a James Martin Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute. His current research focus is population ethics. He completed BPhil and PhD degrees at the University of Oxford.

Toby founded Giving What We Can and donates everything he earns above £18,000 to charity. His work on cost-effective philanthropy has received extensive coverage in the international media.

Nick Beckstead


Nick works at the Open Philanthropy Project, and was previously a Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He majored in mathematics and philosophy at the University of Minnesota, and completed a PhD in philosophy at Rutgers University.

Nick’s research focuses on the practical importance of very long run outcomes for civilization, and deals heavily in the topics of existential risk, population ethics, and decision theory.


Tara Mac Aulay

Chief Operating Officer, Community and Outreach Division

Tara received a graduate degree in Health Economics and a Bachelor of Pharmacy from Monash University with first class Honours. She joins CEA fresh from the field, after visiting 33 countries for work and travel. On her most recent assignment, Tara worked on redesigning oncology care in Bhutan with the Australian Red Cross.

She has a background in healthcare consulting where she developed efficiency improvements saving 2 million dollars and countless lives in Australian hospitals.

Amy Willey Labenz

Senior Events Manager, General Counsel

Amy is General Counsel and Senior Events Manager at CEA. She is responsible for US Operations, managing the Events Team, and producing Effective Altruism Global.

Previously, Amy was Chief Operating Officer of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute where she was also Executive Producer of The Singularity Summit. She also served as Of Counsel with Goodman & Hurwitz, P.C., a Detroit law firm that advocates for civil rights and human rights in police and government misconduct cases. Amy earned a Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law after graduating summa cum laude from Alma College with a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Service.

Harri Besceli

EA Groups Liaison

Harri studied philosophy and psychology at the University of Oxford, and during this time was also heavily involved in the Giving What We Can Oxford group. As EA Groups Liaison he provides operational support and strategic advice for local effective altruism groups and coordinates various inter-group projects.

Sam Deere

Full Stack Developer

Sam previously worked in policy and communications roles for several high-profile Australian politicians, and was part of the team that won the 'unwinnable' 2014 South Australian state election. He studied Politics and History at the University of Adelaide, and has nearly a decade of experience as a web developer. While no longer working in politics, Sam takes a strong interest in global politics and policymaking, and is also a keen photographer.

Emma Gray-Starcevic

Executive Assistant

Emma is the Executive Assistant to Will MacAskill and previously worked as CEA's office manager. She comes from a diverse background, including working as an assistant in an art gallery and running her own business teaching English in Barcelona. On a day to day basis, she is responsible for managing the CEO's schedule as well as organising logistics for the executive team.

Larissa Hesketh-Rowe

Marketing and Communications Specialist

As Marketing and Communications specialist Larissa is responsible for helping people become more involved with the effective altruism community; from first finding out about the ideas to making significant changes to how they do good. On a day to day basis, Larissa is responsible for things like email marketing, writing content and social media.

Larissa previously managed our social media and a local chapter as a volunteer. She studied Politics and Sociology, volunteered as a campaign coordinator and stood in local elections. Since then she has spent five years in corporate sales, events and marketing.

Roxanne Heston

Press Officer

Roxanne is the Press Officer to the Executive Office, working with Will on strategy, contact management, and opportunity prioritization. She studied economics, finance, and mathematics on the full-tuition Paul Tulane Award at Tulane University. She has been involved with the effective altruism community since high school as a volunteer and intern in various capacities.

Pablo Stafforini

Research Analyst

Pablo works closely with Will MacAskill on various research projects. He holds a BPhil in philosophy from Oxford University and was a founding member of Giving What We Can.

Kerry Vaughan

Senior Growth Manager

Kerry holds a PhD in philosophy specializing in applied ethics and value theory. Prior to joining CEA, Kerry ascended from a summer volunteer to running the Technology and Innovation Department of a $1.5B foundation in less than one year. While there, Kerry oversaw technology projects with a total budget of over $7M.

Prior to his work at the foundation, Kerry was a professional poker player where he used advanced statistical models of the relationship between chips in a poker tournament and expected winnings to win over $40,000.

Julia Wise

Community Liaison

Julia studied sociology at Bryn Mawr College and worked in donor services at Oxfam America before becoming a social worker. She serves on the board of GiveWell. She writes about effective altruism at Giving Gladly. She organizes an effective altruism group in Boston and is president of Giving What We Can.

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Amanda Askell

Visiting Researcher

Amanda is in her sixth year of a PhD in philosophy at New York University, where her thesis is on infinite ethics. Her primary research interests are in normative ethics, decision theory, and epistemology. Before going to NYU she completed a BPhil in Philosophy at Oxford University, prior to which she received an MA in Philosophy from the University of Dundee.

Max Dalton


Max studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the University of Oxford before pursuing an MSc in Economics. His dissertation was on the determinants of technological progress. In previous research, he estimated the cost-effectiveness of research into neglected tropical diseases. At CEA his focus is on building quantitative cause prioritization models.

Ben Garfinkel

Visiting Researcher

Ben holds a degree in Physics and in Mathematics and Philosophy from Yale University. Ben is also a current member of a Yale- and Oxford-based research group studying the interface between international relations and artificial intelligence.

Stefan Schubert


Stefan has a multidisciplinary background, with a PhD in philosophy and an MA in political science. Prior to joining CEA, he did a postdoc at London School of Economics, where he combined his research with outreach work in the field of political rationality. He set up the Swedish Network for Evidence-Based Policy, and has developed tools alongside including argument-checking of opinion pieces and political debates.

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Michelle Hutchinson

Project Manager, Global Priorities Institute

Michelle has a PhD in Applied Ethics from Oxford University on prioritisation in global health. She is a Research Associate at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. She was the winner of the St Anne’s College Oxford Ethics Scholarship and taught Philosophy at the University. She was named a ‘Young Global Shaper’ by the World Economic Forum.

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