Effective altruism is about answering one simple question: how can we use our resources to help others the most?

About Us


If you live in Australia, you are in an extraordinary position

It has never been more possible for you to have a meaningful, positive impact on a massive scale. With the rise of evidence-driven interventions, we each have an unprecedented opportunity to transform lives.

What we do

Effective Altruism Australia exists to help your resources go further in helping others. Finding effective charities can be the difference between transforming lives and accomplishing nothing. We use research from multiple leading charity evaluators to rigorously assess the impact that a donation can have. All of our partner charities have been thoroughly and independently investigated, and are supported by swathes of supporting academic literature. Effective Altruism Australia’s partnerships enable Australian donors to make a bigger difference. Effective Altruism is a growing social movement and philosophy that combines both the heart and the head: compassion guided by data and reason. Effective altruists are dedicated to improving the world and rigorously asking the question: “Of all the possible ways to make a difference, how can I make the greatest difference?”
 

Dr. Ben Toner

Ben is a co-founder of Vesparum Capital, a capital markets advisory firm, and Draftable, an enterprise software startup. Ben holds a PhD in Physics from Caltech and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from The University of Melbourne.

Lina Calabria

Lina is a co-founder and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at Bellroy, a Melbourne based carry accessories company whose mission includes using business as a force for good. Prior to working at Bellroy, Lina has also held leadership positions (including CEO and executive director) at a number of organisations. Lina holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons.) from The University of Melbourne.

Peter McIntyre

Peter is the Director of Coaching at 80,000 Hours, a non-profit that gives career advice to people wanting to use their careers to have a large social impact. He has a background in events and sales management and studied medicine at the University of New South Wales.

Dr. Brenton Mayer

Brenton also works at 80,000 Hours, where he tailors advice to individuals who are trying to have impactful careers. He previously practiced as a medical doctor in Cairns, QLD, and has worked with the charity evaluation organisation Giving What We Can.

Dr. Bridget Williams

Bridget is a medical doctor undertaking training in public health medicine whilst working at a public health research institute in Melbourne. She completed her medical studies at Monash University, with an honours research year in medical ethics, followed by a Master of Public Health at the University of Sydney.

Bridget is the manager of Effective Altruism Australia, where she works with the board to set the organisation’s strategic direction and oversees all projects.

Anthony Obeyesekere

Anthony works for an international development organisation and has prior experience in the Australian, New Zealand and Sri Lankan governments. He holds an MA in Economics, plus undergraduate degrees in business, economics and mathematics.

Anthony oversees Effective Altruism Australia’s involvement in workplace giving programs and conducts due diligence processes with new partner charities.

Dr. Peter Slattery

Peter completed a PhD in Information Systems at the University of New South Wales. His research draws on psychology and persuasion to examine how to use websites and apps to effectively encourage activism, volunteering and philanthropy. He is a co-founder at CompareMeals and a researcher at the University of New South Wales.

Peter advises on Effective Altruism Australia’s website content development.

Dr. Szun S Tay

Szun is a research fellow at the University of New South Wales working on cancer immunotherapy. She completed her PhD in Immunology at Imperial College London and has since researched affordable HIV diagnostics, Immunology (allergy, infection, transplantation) and Gene Therapy. Szun is very interested in interventions that target diseases of poverty and is a member of Giving What We Can.

Szun assists with responses to donor queries and provides support on receipting processes.

Benedict Noel

Benedict works as a software developer and holds a Bachelor of Science and Computer Science from the University of Western Australia. He enjoys assisting startups and non-profits with their technical challenges.

Benedict provides web development assistance and advises on web content strategy.

Sam Biddle

Sam works as a photographer and content producer for NGOs working in international development. He holds a graduate diploma in International Development and a bachelor degree in Behavioural Sciences.

Sam assists with Effective Altruism Australia’s social media promotions and marketing.

Holly Crockford

Holly is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) & Bachelor of Business (Hons) majoring in Economics at the Queensland University of Technology. Holly is passionate about a diverse range of issues, including issues of human rights and especially the rights of women in the criminal justice system. She is also currently helping to organise the South Pole Energy Challenge, the first expedition to the South Pole run on renewable energy.

Holly assists with Effective Altruism Australia’s social media promotions and marketing.

Chloe Malone

Chloe is currently developing a campaign for an NGO working on maternal healthcare overseas. She has completed a media and communications bachelor degree, majoring in philosophy, at the University of Sydney.

Chloe assists with Effective Altruism Australia’s website content development.

David Norrish

David is a data scientist at an analytics consultancy, and has previously worked in research fields spanning insecticide resistance, Alzheimer’s Disease and public health in Nepal. He holds bachelor and master degrees in life sciences through Melbourne University, and is currently completing a Master of Computing through Australian National University.

David assists with Effective Altruism Australia’s website content development.

Jamie Funder

James is a lawyer at a large Australian commercial law firm. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland.

James assists with donor engagement and document development for Effective Altruism Australia.

Damindri Fernando

Damindri is a medical student and assists with donor engagement for Effective Altruism Australia.
Effective Altruism Australia is deeply grateful towards the many people who have volunteered and offered pro bono support so far. In particular, we’d like to thank:
  • Michael Dello-Iacovo
  • Truman Biro
  • Daniel D’Hotman
  • Andrew Bird
  • Alistair Quinn
  • Rebecca Koh
  • Luke Freeman
  • Chris Leong
  • Deloitte
  • Google
  • James Harrison
  • Sam Leslie
  • Vesparum Capital
  • Siobhan Brenton
  • Vivian Stephens