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