Effective Ventures Foundation (UK)

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Effective Ventures Foundation (UK)

Effective Ventures Foundation (UK) is a registered charity in England and Wales (registered charity number 1149828 and registered company number 07962181), and is also a Netherlands registered tax-deductible entity (ANBI 825776867).

Our Board

The EV UK Board is responsible for overall management and oversight of EV UK.

Prof. Will MacAskill (Chair)

In 2009, Will co-founded Giving What We Can, a leading charity evaluator that has raised over $400m in pledged donations to effective charities and advised the UK government, World Bank, Oxfam among others. In 2011, he co-founded 80,000 Hours with Ben Todd. Currently an Associate Professor of moral philosophy at Oxford, Will has pledged to give over half his income to charity, and is the author of Doing Good Better.

Tasha McCauley

Tasha is a technology entrepreneur and CEO of GeoSim Systems, which centres around a new technology that produces high-resolution, fully interactive virtual models of real cities. She also serves on the board of directors of OpenAI, an AI research company focused on discovering and enacting the path to safe artificial general intelligence.

Claire Zabel

Claire leads Open Philanthropy’s grantmaking on effective altruism, and does research and makes grants relating to the reduction of global catastrophic risks. She has a B.S. and M.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University, where she did research related to the science, ethics, and governance of solar geoengineering. She joined our governing board in 2019.

Nick Beckstead

Nick did a PhD in Philosophy at Rutgers University, writing his dissertation on the importance of shaping the distant future and helping to launch the Centre for Effective Altruism. Since then, he has worked as a researcher at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University, as a Program Officer for Open Philanthropy, and as the CEO of the Future Fund.

Lincoln Quirk

Lincoln dropped out of a Harvard Ph.D program and founded Sendwave in 2014 to lower the cost of international remittances, saving migrant workers and their families over $1B to date. In 2021 he and his co-founder sold that business and spun off a new company, Wave, to build mobile money: low-cost digital financial infrastructure in Africa. Lincoln has pledged to give 10% of his personal proceeds from his companies to charity.


Howie Lempel
Interim CEO of EV UK

Howie is currently on leave from his role as CEO of 80,000 Hours. Previously, Howie worked on global catastrophic risks as a program officer at Open Philanthropy. Before that, he went to Yale Law for two years, where he spent his summers as a public defender in Louisiana and suing prisons with poor conditions at the ACLU. Howie has also worked on white collar crime at the Manhattan DA’s office and on U.S. economic policy as a research assistant at the Brookings Institution.