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.

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.

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.

Jesse Clifton Portrait

Jesse Clifton


Jesse is a part-time researcher whose main research interest is methods for promoting cooperation among AI systems, using tools from game theory and machine learning. He is also a PhD student in statistics specializing in reinforcement learning.

Alfredo Parra Portrait

Alfredo Parra


Alfredo supports FRI in Operations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics as well as a master’s degree and a PhD in Computational Science from the Technical University of Munich.

Daniel Kestenholz Portrait

Daniel Kestenholz


Daniel supports FRI in Operations. Previously he acquired experience in civil engineering and development cooperation, and studied economics and philosophy.


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).

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 and Contributors

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