Tobias manages and coordinates EAF's activities. Previously he led Raising for Effective Giving (REG). Under his leadership, the EAF project generated more than a million in donations in the first two years of its existence. Tobias studied politics at the University of Zurich and worked for the Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau (ZDA).
Ruairí works on the strategic development and growth of EAF. He communicates with our supporters and is responsible for EAF’s international partnerships.
Director of Communications
Jonas is the head of EAF's communications and outreach department. He studied medicine and economics with a focus on health and development economics, during which time he acquired expertise central to charity evaluation. He previously served on the boards of several charities. His career choice, motivated by effective altruism, was covered in major Swiss media outlets.
Director of Strategy
Lukas is responsible for EAF’s strategic focus. Working at the Foundational Research Institute (FRI), he developed important considerations from the perspective of suffering-focused ethics. He is currently researching how to mitigate risks from emerging technologies.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Metzinger
Scientific Advisor and Board Member
Thomas Metzinger is a professor in theoretical philosophy at the University of Mainz and director of the interdisciplinary Mind Group. His research interests are the analytical philosophy of the mind, the philosophy of cognitive science and the ethics of neurotechnology.
Director of Operations
Daniel coordinates the Operations department. Previously he acquired experience in civil engineering and development cooperation and studied economics and philosophy.
Executive Director | Foundational Research Institute
Max manages FRI and oversees the development of FRI's strategy and research agenda. He holds a degree in mathematics from Heidelberg University and previously served on the board of an international development NGO.
Director of Research | Wild Animal Suffering Research
Persis manages the Wild Animal Suffering Research project and conducts research on the topic. Previously she worked in social justice policy, advocacy, and analysis. Persis holds degrees in law and philosophy from UNSW and is currently undertaking a Masters of Economics at ANU.
Managing Director | Raising for Effective Giving
Stefan Torges manages Raising for Effective Giving, a project by the Effective Altruism Foundation. He also gives talks and workshops on effective altruism. Previously, Stefan studied philosophy, neuroscience and cognition at the University of Magdeburg.
Anne supports EAF’s management. She leads on sponsorship and transactions and undertakes countless administrative and legal clarifications as well as strategic research on NGO management. Anne studied biology, art and chemistry in Essen.
Marcello is the point of contact for all EA local groups in the German-speaking world. He also develops introductory content, for instance for the German Landing Page and the monthly newsletter. Marcello studied psychology at the University of Wurzburg.
Jona supports EAF in Operations. She holds a degree in social work and is currently doing a master's in practical research in social work and early education at Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin.
Researcher | Foundational Research Institute
Caspar studied computer science at the University of Bremen. In middle and high school, he completed a year's worth of university-level courses in mathematics at the University of Hamburg. He has published in the journal Synthese and his research areas include theoretical computer science, ethics, and artificial intelligence.
Research Associate | Wild Animal Suffering Research
Ozy researches wild animal suffering. They graduated from New College of Florida with a degree in sociology.
Director of Strategy | Foundational Research Institute
David runs the operations of the Foundational Research Institute (FRI) and coordinates their human resources, outreach and research activities. He studied psychology at the Universities of Innsbruck, Cologne and Basel.
Research and Growth | Foundational Research Institute
Johannes researches decision theory and supports FRI's recruiting and Outreach. Before his work at FRI, Johannes studied the double bass in Stuttgart and Nuremberg and played with the Munich Philharmonic.
Adrian is in charge of copyediting and proofreading of English content at EAF, including its sister projects. Before joining the team, Adrian worked as an assistant teacher, helped found a human rights organization, and campaigned for animal rights in Oslo, Norway.
Research Lead | Foundational Research Institute
Brian is the author of over 100 pieces on his website, "Essays on Reducing Suffering", as well as several published papers. He has worked at Microsoft and FlyHomes as a data scientist and web developer. He studied computer science, mathematics, and statistics at Swarthmore College.
Chief Technology Officer
Kim coordinates the Information Technology department and is responsible for systems and infrastructure. He worked as a freelance web developer in the areas of seafaring, automobile, and aviation and studied Human-Computer-Interaction.
Alfredo supports EAF in Operations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics and a master’s degree in Computational Science, and is currently finishing his PhD in Computational Science at the Technical University of Munich.
Interns and volunteers
Lucius Caviola, Advisor, Effective Altruism Foundation
Kaspar Etter, Advisor, Effective Altruism Foundation
Massimo Mannino, Advisor, Effective Altruism Foundation
Dr. Adrian Hutter, Advisor, Foundational Research Institute
Anna Travinskaya, Catering and Accounting, Effective Altruism Foundation
Naoki Peter, IT, Effective Altruism Foundation
Denis Drescher, IT, Effective Altruism Foundation
Pascal Zimmer, Advisor, Effective Altruism Foundation