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Anu Oak

Organizer at EA Japan

Tokyo

Japan

I learnt about EA in 2019 and I have since been an organizer at EA Japan. My background is in Integrated Marketing and Analytics with experience at e-commerce startups and insurance businesses.

EA community building

Effective giving

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Tushant Jha

Researcher working on AI Alignment, currently Visiting Scholar at Future of Humanity Institute.

Bangalore

India

Been involved in the EA and Longtermist community since 2017, and have held different research positions doing academic or independent EA-related research. Have either supported chapter-level initiatives in EA Bangalore and EA Singapore in the past, and country-level initiatives across EA India chapters.

Longtermism

AI safety technical research

Institutional decision-making

AI strategy and policy

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Nastassja Quijano

Co-Founder of EA Philippines and a Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant

Manila

Philippines

Tanya is a development professional specializing in monitoring and evaluation. She co-founded EA Philippines in 2018 with Kate and Brian. She also leads the chapter's activities on local charity effectiveness research and helps organize EA Asia's Regional Health and Development working group.

Career planning

EA community building

Effective giving

Existential risk (other)

Global poverty / International development

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Nigel Choo

Community organiser at EA Singapore. Marketing and Communications at InfraCo Asia.

Singapore

Singapore

I joined EA Singapore in 2019. My background is in the humanities and for work I do marketing/communications/a lot of project management. Trying to make a difference with my 24-hour days. Exploring the quantitative/ logical/ scientific side of my brain.

Effective giving

Global poverty / International development

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Fandi Andrian

Co-Founder of EA Indonesia. Starting the EA network in Indonesia.

Jakarta

Indonesia

Started the EA outreach in Indonesia since 2019. Currently work at mental health startup, Riliv. Excited to find more like-minded (EA) people in Indonesia.

Career planning

EA community building

Animal welfare

Mental health

Longtermism

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Deepika Kalra

Founding Co-organizer, EA Delhi; Currently pursuing MPA in Clean Energy Policy at Columbia University

Delhi

India

Initiated the EA Delhi Chapter in January, 2018. Interested in climate change mitigation efforts. Previously worked with J-PAL conducting randomised trials in early education delivery.

EA community building

Climate change

Global poverty / International development

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Wanyi Zeng

Co-founder & Executive Director of EA Singapore. Building the EA network in Asia.

Singapore

Singapore

Started the EA community in Singapore in 2015. Also working with other organisers to building the EA network in Asia.

Career planning

EA community building

Effective giving

Animal welfare

Global poverty / International development

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Zhi Xuan Tan

Board Member, EA Singapore. AI alignment researcher at MIT.

Cambridge, MA

United States of America

Multi-disciplinary researcher working on AI that better understands and conforms to human preferences, intentions, norms, and values. Advisor to EA Singapore on AI and long-termist cause areas.

AI safety technical research

EA community building

Longtermism

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Aishwarya Gurung

EA Nepal Co-founder

Kathmandu

Nepal

Co-founder of EA Nepal.

AI strategy and policy

AI safety technical research

Career planning

EA community building

Effective giving

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Salman Maqbool

I try and think in EA terms

Islamabad

Pakistan

Interested in the intersection of local priorities and philosophies and EA principles. Technical background in software development and machine learning, and current cause inclination towards global mental health and well-being.

Career planning

EA community building

Effective giving

Global poverty / International development

Global priorities research

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Jonathan Ng

EA NUS Founder

Singapore

Singapore

Founder of EA NUS, Software Engineer interested in earning to give, AI

AI strategy and policy

AI safety technical research

Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness

Career planning

Alternative proteins / Clean meat

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Jayasimha Nuggehalli

COO, Global Food Partners

Singapore

Singapore

Global Food Partners is a Singapore-based multinational consultancy firm that works with food businesses and suppliers to develop, implement and maintain higher animal welfare and responsible sourcing goals and production practices, with a focus on cage-free egg procurement and production in Asia. The team has more than 50 years of corporate and on-farm experience developing and executing animal welfare policies and production practices, and has worked with food industry leaders, governments and egg industries globally, including throughout Latin America, Asia and Australia on the implementation of cage-free egg policies and standards, and transitioning to and maintaining high welfare cage-free systems.

Animal welfare

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Jia Yuan Loke

Summer Research Fellow at the Center on Long-Term Risk.

London

United Kingdom

Previously: Centre for AI and Data Governance, Singapore; Mercy for Animals.

AI strategy and policy

Alternative proteins / Clean meat

EA community building

Improving rationality, decision making, or science

Institutional decision-making

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Lynn Tan

EA Malaysia Co-founder

Cambridge/London

United Kingdom

Involved with EA Cambridge since October 2018, Regional Rep for The Humane League UK, participant of Charity Entrepreneurship's 2020 incubation program

Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness

Career planning

Alternative proteins / Clean meat

EA community building

Animal welfare

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Kate Lupango

Co-Founder of EA Philippines and Corporate Accountant at World Vision International

Manila

Philippines

I co-founded EA Philippines in 2018 with Brian and Tanya. Currently working as a Corporate Accountant for an International Humanitarian Organization. Also I'm volunteering for Faunalytics fundraising and operations projects and helping organizing events for Animal advocacy in Asia.

EA community building

Animal welfare

Alternative proteins / Clean meat

Global poverty / International development

Effective giving

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Thet Htar Thet

EA Yangon, Myanmar Point Person

Yangon

Myanmar

Interesting in founding EA Yangon, Myanmar chapter. Invested in the intersections of education, politics and social justice. Currently a consultant at UNESCO Myanmar. Part of the Strengthening Pre-Service Teacher Education (STEM) project as part of the education transformation and reform initiative.

Mental health

Global poverty / International development

EA community building

Career planning

Effective giving

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Sahil Kulshrestha

Former EA Bangalore Co-organizer

Chennai

India

Discovered EA c. 2013 via the rationality movement (LessWrong). Used to be a software engineer, switched to math to help contribute to AI safety fundamental research

Longtermism

EA community building

Improving rationality, decision making, or science

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Hilal Eda Arpaci

Founder of EA Ankara

Ankara

Turkey

Founded a local city group, EA Ankara in 2020, interested in growing the EA community in Turkey. Qualified lawyer in Turkey interested in tech and the law, in partciular, information and cyber security.

AI strategy and policy

AI safety technical research

EA community building

Effective giving

Existential risk (other)

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Ysien Lau

Former Co-founder of Yale-NUS Effective Altruism.

Singapore

Singapore

Joined the Singapore EA community at the end of 2018, and started a chapter at Yale-NUS College (Singapore). While it was not able to continue as a fully fledged organisation after I graduated in May this year, we were able to connect career services and students wtih the larger EA community to help students find opportunities.

Alternative proteins / Clean meat

Climate change

Effective giving

Global poverty / International development

Institutional decision-making

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Sameer Rana

EA Nepal Co-Founder

Kathmandu

Nepal

Co-Founder of EA Nepal. Founder and CEO of Sport Initiatives for Youth (SportIFY) Nepal. Pursuing an MPA in International Development and Peacebuilding at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

EA community building

Institutional decision-making

Global poverty / International development

Effective giving

Mental health

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Luis Costigan

Founder of EA Japan

Tokyo

Japan

Founded EA Japan in July 2018 after taking a personal interest in EA in 2015. Career interests in data science, machine learning and research.

Effective giving

EA community building

Longtermism

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Yi-Yang Chua

Full-time community manager at EA Singapore, volunteer organiser at EA Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia

Previously a Teach for Malaysia fellow, and an in-house consultant/project manager. Broad interests in various EA related areas, with specific interest in community building and local priorities research.

AI safety technical research

AI strategy and policy

Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness

Career planning

Alternative proteins / Clean meat

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Rika Gabriel

EA Blue Co-founder and Organiser

Manila

Philippines

Rika is the current VP for Internal Affairs of EA Blue. She is currently studying psychology at the Ateneo de Manila University, and aiming to pursue higher studies and a career in research and psychiatry.

EA community building

Existential risk (other)

Global poverty / International development

Mental health

Global priorities research

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Pooja Chandwani

Co-founder of EA Singapore. Part of EA Microsoft.

Singapore

Singapore

Been part of EA community in Singapore since 2015. Part of EA Microsoft since 2019. Interested in AI alignment.

AI strategy and policy

Effective giving

Longtermism

Improving rationality, decision making, or science

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Brian Tan

Co-Founder of EA Philippines and Senior Product Designer at First Circle

Manila

Philippines

I co-founded EA Philippines in November 2018 and am one of the 3 main organizers of the group. I am also a Senior Product Designer at First Circle, a FinTech company in Manila.

EA community building

Global poverty / International development

Animal welfare

Mental health

AI strategy and policy

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Varun Deshpande

Managing Director at the Good Food Institute India, Advisor/board member at EA-aligned non-profits, originally focused on setting up an EA India meta-organization.

Mumbai

India

I moved back to India from the US in 2017 to focus on building the EA community in India, which involved supporting local groups and international and local EA charities, and building a network. I ended up joining the Good Food Institute to set up GFI India instead. I currently have updated plans to set up an EA India meta-organization and welcome collaborators.

Alternative proteins / Clean meat

Climate change

EA community building

Effective giving

Global poverty / International development

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Lenz Dagohoy

EA Blue Co-founder and Organiser; Student researcher at Ateneo Innovation Center

Manila

Philippines

Lenz is the current VP for Communications and Research of EA Blue. She is studying physics at Ateneo de Manila University. She is also working on climate science, optical engineering and education research at Ateneo Innovation Center.

EA community building

Longtermism

Existential risk (other)

Institutional decision-making

Global priorities research

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Stephen Cahyadi

Project Manager of EA Indonesia

Jakarta

Indonesia

Currently working with 4 other organizers in EA Indonesia to establish an EA community of like-minded people. Working as a data analyst at startup and having interest in developing and bringing impact to society through both quantitative and qualitative analysis.

AI safety technical research

AI strategy and policy

Career planning

EA community building

Effective giving

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Kaartik Nagarajan

EA Malaysia Volunteer Organiser

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia

Introduced to EA in Mid 2019 after being gifted Doing Good Better. Strong interest in spreading EA Ideas in Malaysia. Currently on a Gap Year. Cofounder of a Startup (For Profit Social Enterprise) and runs a Web Development Enterprise. Intends to pursue CS for a degree.

Career planning

EA community building

Effective giving

Global poverty / International development

Longtermism

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Eyad Abdul Azim

Founder of EA Club at the American University of Sharjah; A student studying Computer Science at the American University of Sharjah

Umm Al Quwain

United Arab Emirates

Founded the EA Club at the American University of Sharjah in August 2020. Very interested in community building and working on spreading EA concepts and ideals among communities and advancing global empathy and wisdom.

Career planning

EA community building

Effective giving

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Firat Akova

PhD / Warwick, ECCP Global Priorities Institute Participant, EA Turkey Founder

Istanbul

Turkey

PhD / Warwick, ECCP Global Priorities Institute Participant, EA Turkey Founder

Global poverty / International development

Longtermism

Effective giving

Global priorities research

Climate change

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Bradley Gunawan

Co-Founder of EA Indonesia

Jakarta

Indonesia

Currently working with 4 other organizers in EA Indonesia to establish an EA community of like-minded people! Have interest and experience in youth & community development, training & coaching, and organizational improvement.

Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness

Career planning

Climate change

EA community building

Global poverty / International development

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Quratul Aain Zainab

Previous organizer at EA Dubai

London

United Kingdom

Also organized virtual EA Middle East events. Please reach out if you're interested in community building in that region. Current Mathematics with Economics student at the LSE in London where I also facilitate the EA fellowship program. Originally from Pakistan.

AI strategy and policy

AI safety technical research

EA community building

Effective giving

Existential risk (other)

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Jia Yang Li

EA Singapore volunteer. Might start a uni chapter

Singapore

Singapore

Heard about EA in 2015-16 ish, started helping out more in 2018

AI strategy and policy

AI safety technical research

Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness

Alternative proteins / Clean meat

Climate change

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Julian Theseira

EA Malaysia Strategic Advisor

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia

Involved with EA since 2017, volunteered on EA research project in Geneva, work in human capital consulting and also climate policy and AI policy research on the side.

AI strategy and policy

Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness

Career planning

Climate change

EA community building

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Palak Madan

Founder, WatOR. Director, Charity Science India Foundation. 2020 Incubatee, Charity Entrepreneurship

Delhi, Mumbai

India

My background is in Computer Science and I've mostly worked in AI and healthcare space. I am currently running a water fortification initiative (WatOR) to tackle micronutrient malnutrition in India. Working on a plan to set up EA India meta-org with Varun Deshpande and others.

Global poverty / International development

EA community building

Mental health

Climate change

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Kirsten Angeles

President of EA Blue, university chapter under EA Philippines

Manila

Philippines

Current president of EA Blue. Third-year undergraduate majoring in Health Sciences in Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. Working to learn more about and spread EA while finding out how to use EA principles in my career.

EA community building

Effective giving

Animal welfare

Global poverty / International development

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Jah Ying Chung

Market researcher and business designer

Hong Kong

China

Market researcher and business designer helping organisations improve decision-making by better understanding their ecosystems and stakeholders. I'm especially interested in the intersections of research (e.g. user, consumer, market and social), evaluation, strategy and organisational design.

EA community building

Improving rationality, decision making, or science

Institutional decision-making

Alternative proteins / Clean meat

Climate change

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Aigerim Massabayeva

Grad student in Public Policy

Almaty

Kazakhstan

I am studying remotely for my master's. Before that I worked in a local non-profit on women empowerment in Kazakhstan.

Career planning

Effective giving

Animal welfare

Global poverty / International development

Global priorities research

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Vaidehi Agarwalla

Community Organiser at EA Singapore, Running the Local Career Advice Network & Product Manager on the EA Hub

Singapore

Singapore

Involved in EA since 2017 primarily in community building. Working to improve the global EA infrastructure & access to opportunities. I work at an enterprise software company full-time.

Career planning

EA community building

Global priorities research

Climate change

Global poverty / International development

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Koki Ajiri

EA organizer at NYU Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates

Founded EA club at NYU Abu Dhabi; personal career focus on global health & impact investment

Career planning

Alternative proteins / Clean meat

Climate change

EA community building

Animal welfare

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Tzu Kit Chan

EA Malaysia team

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia

Tzu is a sophomore at Occidental College where he’s intending to double major in philosophy, comparative literature, and minoring in cognitive science. He spent this past summer as an intern at the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). He stumbled upon Peter Singer’s TED talk on effective altruism and wants to orient his life towards high-impact causes. He is currently finishing up the book Doing The Most Good You Can Do by Peter Singer.

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