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Stefan Torges

Acting Director

Stefan is responsible for building a community of researchers and professionals around CLR's mission and priorities. He also does research on the governance aspects of AI technology. Previously, Stefan studied philosophy, neuroscience, and cognitive science at the University of Magdeburg.

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Lukas Gloor

Senior Researcher

Lukas co-founded CLR and EAF, and contributes to the development of CLR's strategy. His research areas are movement strategy, metaethics and population ethics, and risks from artificial intelligence. He studied philosophy and biology at Zurich University.

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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.

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David Althaus


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

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Ruairí Donnelly

Director of Growth

Ruairí manages external collaborations and development at CLR. Previously, he worked at a quantitative trading firm.

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Linh Chi Nguyen

Research Analyst

Chi researches potential areas for CLR’s grantmaking activities and runs the summer research fellowship at CLR. She studies Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University. Previously, she did a Bachelor's in Psychology from the University of Freiburg and published research on ways to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Part-time staff

Amrit Sidhu-Brar, Operations Analyst
Naoki Peter, IT
Daniel Rüthemann, Design

Summer research fellows

Alexander Lyzhov, Ali Merali, Anthony DiGiovannni, Eric Chen, Julian Stastny, Loke Jia Yuan, Mark Cooper, Michael Aird, Mojmír Stehlík


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

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.

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Jonas Vollmer

Jonas co-founded CLR in 2013 and used to lead it as its Co-Executive Director. In 2020, he left CLR to run Effective Altruism Funds at the Centre for Effective Altruism. He holds degrees in medicine and economics with a focus on public choice, health economics, and development economics. He played a key part in establishing the effective altruism community in continental Europe.

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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.

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Adrian Hutter

Adrian has a PhD in theoretical physics, having researched fault-tolerant quantum computation. He worked several years in algorithmic trading (earning to give) and is currently working on NLP at Google Zurich.

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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).

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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.

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Ole Martin Moen

Ole Martin Moen is a Professor of Ethics at Oslo Metropolitan University 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.

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Lucius Caviola

Lucius Caviola is a moral psychologist at Harvard University and a co-founder of CLR and its parent organization, the Effective Altruism Foundation. He received his PhD at the University of Oxford. In his research, he investigates how people give to charity, how they morally value animals, and how they think about the future of humanity.

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Melinda Lohmann

Melinda F. Lohmann is an Assistant Professor of Business Law with a specialization in Information Law and is Director of the Research Center for Information Law at the University of St. Gallen. In her research she deals with legal questions concerning artificial intelligence, robotics and self-driving cars.

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