Stefan Torges Portrait

Stefan Torges

Executive Director

Stefan manages FRI. In addition, he is responsible for all philanthropic activities and donor relations of FRI and its parent organization EAF. He regularly gives talks and workshops on effective altruism. Previously, Stefan studied philosophy, neuroscience, and cognitive science at the University of Magdeburg.

Lukas Gloor Portrait

Lukas Gloor

Research Director

Lukas oversees the development of FRI's strategy and research agenda. He co-founded the Effective Altruism Foundation, and studied philosophy and biology at Zurich University. His research areas are movement strategy, metaethics and population ethics, and risks from artificial intelligence.

Brian Tomasik Portrait

Brian Tomasik


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.

Kaj Sotala Portrait

Kaj Sotala


Kaj studied at the University of Helsinki, graduating with a BA in Cognitive Science and an MSc in Computer Science. He has previously worked for the Machine Intelligence Research Institute and has publications in the areas of AI safety, AI timeline forecasting, and consciousness research.

Anni Leskelä Portrait

Anni Leskelä


Anni's research interests include the philosophy of simulations, AI policy and strategy, and the evolution of suffering. She studies philosophy and neuroscience at the University of Helsinki, and has previously published material on bioethics as well as blogged about topics related to AI risk and suffering-focused altruism.

Johannes Treutlein Portrait

Johannes Treutlein


Johannes researches decision theory and studies mathematics at the Technical University of Berlin. Before learning about Effective Altruism, Johannes studied the double bass in Stuttgart and Nuremberg and played with the Munich Philharmonic.

David Althaus Portrait

David Althaus


David’s research areas include descriptive ethics and macrostrategy. He also assists other researchers and supports FRI's recruiting and outreach efforts. David studied mathematics and psychology and received his MSc in decision psychology from the University of Basel.


Network members don’t formally work for FRI, but have done so in the past and now contribute with feedback and ideas.

Simon Knutsson Portrait

Simon Knutsson

Simon Knutsson is a PhD student in philosophy at Stockholm University, where he focuses on logic and formal value theory. He has worked as a researcher at FRI, as a research analyst at GiveWell, and as an associate at an investment company. He has also chaired the board of Animal Charity Evaluators, and has been the leader of a political party in Sweden.
(Personal website.)

Tobias Baumann Portrait

Tobias Baumann

Tobias is a PhD student in machine learning at University College London, focusing on multi-task reinforcement learning. He also writes about how to best reduce risks of astronomical suffering and about cause prioritization from a suffering-focused perspective. Previously, he worked as a quantitative trader at Jane Street Capital for earning-to-give. (Personal website.)

Caspar Oesterheld Portrait

Caspar Oesterheld

Caspar is a PhD student in computer science at Duke University, advised by Vincent Conitzer. He has published articles in the journals Synthese and Theory and Decision. He is most interested in artificial intelligence and the foundations of decision theory.
(Personal website.)

Holly Elmore Portrait

Holly Elmore

Holly is a graduate student in Organismic & Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. Her academic interests include bioinformatics, comparative genomics and the evolution of sex and intragenomic conflict. She is also president of the Harvard University Effective Altruism student group.


FRI’s advisors review and contribute to our research on a pro bono basis.

Olle Häggström Portrait

Olle Häggström

Olle is a Professor of Mathematical Statistics at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg and the author of “Here Be Dragons: Science, Technology and the Future of Humanity”. He is an associated researcher at the Stockholm-based Institute for Future Studies, and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Adrian Hutter Portrait

Adrian Hutter

Adrian is a Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Basel, where he also earned his PhD in theoretical physics, graduating summa cum laude. He has several publications in the fields of quantum physics and quantum computation.

Ulla Wessels Portrait

Ulla Wessels

Ulla is Professor of Practical Philosophy at Saarland University in Germany. She has published several books and numerous articles. Her research interests include consequentialism, welfarism, supererogation, moral psychology, and applied ethics (population ethics, bioethics).

Bengt Brülde Portrait

Bengt Brülde

Bengt is Professor of Practical Philosophy at University of Gothenburg and University West in Sweden. He has done research on health, happiness, suffering, bioethics, and other areas. He is one of the most prominent figures in Sweden in his field and he appears frequently in the media.

David Pearce Portrait

David Pearce

David is author of "The Hedonistic Imperative," which calls for the use of biotechnology to phase out the biology of suffering throughout the living world. He co-founded the World Transhumanist Association (now called Humanity+), and he is currently Director at the Neuroethics Foundation.

Ole Martin Moen Portrait

Ole Martin Moen

Ole Martin is a Research Fellow in Philosophy at University of Oslo who works on how to think straight about thorny issues in applied ethics. He is Principal Investigator of "What should not be bought and sold?", a $1 million ethics project funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

Notable Volunteers

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Andrei Pöhlmann
Ewelina Tur
Matīss Apinis
Janko Prester