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?”
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Dr. Bridget Williams

Bridget is 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. She is currently completing a Master of Public Health at the University of Sydney.

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.

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 Ph.D. in Physics from Caltech and a Bachelor of Science (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.

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.

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.

Dr. Szun S Tay

Szun is 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.

Siobhan Brenton

Siobhan is a research assistant based in Sydney and holds a Master of International Public Health from the University of New South Wales and a Bachelor of Science from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Outside of academia Siobhan has a background in events management, communications and international non-profit governance.

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.

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.

Vivian Stephens

Vivian is a social impact consultant at a large management consultancy firm. He works at the intersection of public, private, and not-for-profit sectors to help create positive social impacts. He holds degrees in Commerce and International Relations is currently completing a Masters of Economics at the University of Sydney.

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.
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