Network members don’t formally work for FRI, but support its mission through their independent efforts. They have worked for FRI in the past or contribute to its work through feedback.
Max manages FRI and oversees the development of FRI's strategy and research agenda. He holds a degree in mathematics from Heidelberg University and previously served on the board of an international development NGO.
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.
David’s research areas include descriptive ethics, macrostrategy, and risks of astronomical suffering. David studied mathematics and psychology and received his MSc in decision psychology from the University of Basel.
Lukas co-founded the Effective Altruism Foundation and writes for the Crucial Considerations blog. He studied philosophy and biology at Zurich University and has experience as a semi-professional poker player. His research areas are movement strategy, metaethics and population ethics, and risks from artificial intelligence.
Caspar studied computer science at the University of Bremen. In middle and high school, he completed a year's worth of university-level courses in mathematics at the University of Hamburg. He has published in the journal Synthese and his research areas include theoretical computer science, ethics, and artificial intelligence.
Research and Growth
Johannes researches decision theory and supports FRI's recruiting and Outreach. Before his work at FRI, Johannes studied the double bass in Stuttgart and Nuremberg and played with the Munich Philharmonic.
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.
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.
Director of Growth
Ruairí coordinates our recruitment, development and collaborations with other organizations. Previously, he led the effective altruist fundraising project Raising for Effective Giving, where he helped fundraise millions of dollars for highly effective charities.
Simon Knutsson is an incoming PhD student in philosophy at Stockholm University, where he plans to research 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 he is currently the leader of a political party in Sweden.
Tobias writes about how to best reduce suffering on his website, Cause Prioritization Research. He holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Physics from Ulm University. Previously, he worked as a quantitative trader at Jane Street Capital for earning-to-give. (Personal website.)
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.
Lucius Caviola, chair
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