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About us

What we do

Effective Altruism Australia exists to help your resources go further in helping others. With the rise of evidence-driven interventions, we each have an unprecedented opportunity to have meaningful, positive impact on a large scale. 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 implement interventions supported by academic literature. Effective Altruism Australia’s partnerships enable Australian donors to make a bigger difference.

When you donate through Effective Altruism Australia, 100% of your donation will be granted to our partner charities.

We also promote the broader ideas of effective altruism and support the community of compassionate Australians dedicated to making helping others a core part of their lives.

Our Values

Global Empathy
Global Empathy
We value all human lives equally, no matter when or where they’re born. We don’t discriminate on the basis of race, sex, creed or location.
Neglectedness
Pragmatism
We are results-driven. We employ evidence and reason to determine the most effective ways to end poverty and improve lives, then act accordingly.

Neglectedness
Humility
The world is complicated, and despite scientific and philosophical progress, there is still a lot of uncertainty about the best way to help. We’re constantly on the lookout for new evidence and better opportunities to do good.

Who We Are

Effective Altruism Australia is run by a dedicated and talented team who collaborate online from various locations throughout Australia. The team belongs to a community of people who have made helping others a core part of their lives.

Our Staff

Joanna Walter: Accounting and Administration Manager

Before joining EAA, Joanna spent many years working in leadership positions in various state and federal government departments. Previous to this, Joanna worked in the private sector, including at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and in the medical and construction sectors. Joanna is a Chartered Accountant and has a keen interest in process establishment and improvement.

Our Volunteers

Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird is the Data and Analytics manager for Vesparum Capital. He leads the software and data science teams at Vesparum, overseeing full stack web development in Django / React. He is an Australian actuary (FIAA, CERA), and previously worked with Deloitte Consulting in Financial Services. Andrew also currently works as a full stack developer for Draftable Pty Ltd.

David Norrish

David is a data scientist and software developer who has previously worked in research fields spanning insecticide resistance, Alzheimer’s Disease and public health in Nepal. He holds Masters degrees in Science (Genetics) from Melbourne University and Computing (Artificial Intelligence) from the Australian National University.

David assists with website development and content.

Our Board of Directors

Luke Freeman

Luke is the Chairperson and a Board Member of Effective Altruism Australia. Luke is a senior committee member of Effective Altruism Sydney, and has twice been the lead organiser of the EAGxAustralia conference. He has a strong background in technology and marketing having been the co-founder of Positly and on the team that built Sendle.

Anthony Obeyesekere

Anthony is an economist engaged in the provision of advice on foreign aid and policy reform in developing countries. He has experience in the Australian, New Zealand and Sri Lankan governments, and at the World Bank. He holds an MA in International and Development Economics, is a member of the Institute of Community Directors Australia, and has been part of the EAA team since 2015.

Dr. Catherine Low

Catherine manages the Effective Altruism Hub Resources team, providing resources to aspiring effective altruists and effective altruism groups worldwide. She is a community manager for Effective Altruism Australia New Zealand, is a co-founder of the Effective Altruism NZ Charitable Trust and is a community builder for Effective Altruism New Zealand. She holds a PhD in physics from the University of Melbourne and has worked as a Science, Physics and Ethics teacher, and as the manager of Students for High-Impact Charity.

Greg Sadler

Greg Sadler is the Secretary and a Director of Effective Altruism Australia. Greg has over 10 years’ experience in the Australian Public Service, including working for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Department of Home Affairs and the Attorney-General’s Department. Greg has lead teams performing a range of legal advice, policy development and risk assessment functions. His subject matter expertise includes telecommunications, cyber security and critical infrastructure security. Greg holds a BA/LLB(Hons) from ANU and majored in philosophy.

Supporters

Effective Altruism Australia is deeply grateful towards the many people who have volunteered, offered pro bono support or included donating to EAA as part of their business. In particular, we’d like to thank:

  • Andrew Bird
  • Ari Kagan
  • Truman Biro
  • Siobhan Brenton
  • Michael Dello-Iacovo
  • Daniel D’Hotman
  • James Harrison
  • Rebecca Koh
  • Chris Leong
  • Samuel Leslie
  • Alistair Quinn
  • Vivian Stephens
  • Chloe Malone
  • Szun S Tay
  • Bridget Williams
  • Deloitte
  • Google
  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • King & Wood Mallesons
  • Vesparum Capital
  • Give Industries
  • Dr. Peter Slattery
  • Benedict Noel
  • Sam Biddle
  • Holly Crockford
  • Jamie Funder
  • Damindri Fernando

Former Members of our Board of Directors

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.

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.

Lina Calabria

Lina is a co-founder and Chief Operating 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 PhD in Physics from Caltech and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from The University of Melbourne.

Max Dalton

Max is Executive Director at the Centre for Effective Altruism, an organization which supports the global EA community. Before serving as Executive Director, Max worked in online content and research. He helped to set up the new EA Forum and the EA Grants program.

Szun Tay

Szun is a member of Giving What We Can. She is interested in extreme poverty, animal welfare, and aged care. She works at University of NSW, researching Cancer, Immunology & Gene Therapy and holds a PhD from Imperial College London.