Peter Singer was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1946, and educated at the University of Melbourne and the University of Oxford. He has taught at the University of Oxford, La Trobe University and Monash University, and has held several other visiting appointments. Since 1999 he has been Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. From 2005 on, he has also held the part-time position of Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne, in the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics.
Outside academic life, Peter Singer is a Vice-President of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (UK), a member of the Leadership Council of Oxfam America, and a member of the Advisory Board of GiveWell.net. He has been recently named the world's third most influential contemporary thinker by the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute.
Peter Singer is married, with three daughters and three grandchildren. His recreations, apart from reading and writing, include hiking and surfing.
To learn more about Peter Singer's teachings, current research, and upcoming events, please visit http://www.princeton.edu/~psinger.
After earning a PhD in Social and Clinical Psychology from Clark University, Charlie became Director of Behavioral Medicine for The California School of Professional Psychology, Fresno (CSPP-F), where he was a full-time professor and founder of a teaching clinic for treating anxiety & stress disorders. He was recruited to The Men’s Wearhouse where he became head of human resources, stores, and marketing and ultimately President. He stepped down in order to fulfill his long-standing desire to work directly on social and economic issues, especially wealth inequality.
In 2013, Charlie became volunteer Executive Director of The Life You Can Save, a non-profit dedicated to reducing extreme poverty and its devastating effects on over 700 million people globally. Through his financial support and leadership, Charlie has helped TLYCS’s Founder, Peter Singer, develop the organization from the ground up.
Charlie lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington with his wife Diana, a family physician, who partners in supporting The Life You Can Save. He welcomes discussion and questions at [email protected].
Neela Saldanha is currently the Founding Director of the Centre for Social and Behaviour Change (CSBC) at Ashoka University. CSBC is funded by a grant from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The vision of CSBC is to create an institution in India that is globally reputed for impactful behaviour change interventions among low-income and marginalized populations. Neela has more than 20 years of work experience across the for-profit and non-profit sector. She has worked in India and the US (in a global role). She started her career in marketing with Nestle India, led brands at Bestfoods (Unilever), sales teams in North India for Unilever and marketing strategy consulting projects at Accenture India. She then got a PhD in Marketing and joined PepsiCo in New York where she led insights for the Global Snacks Group and at the PepsiCo Design Centre. Neela helped set up the behavioural science practice at PepsiCo to “nudge” consumers towards healthier products working closely with global business, design and consumer insights teams.
Neela is passionately interested in ensuring that giving to effective charities increases. She was a social media volunteer at the Life You Can Save, has volunteered with Innovations for Poverty Action, and started an awareness campaign at PepsiCo to direct giving to effective charities.
Neela has a PhD in Marketing (Consumer Psychology) from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kolkatta, India. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano (she is not as sure whether others enjoy listening to her), spending time with her family and being at the service of the family cat.
The Life You Can Save (TLYCS): Our core organization, based in the U.S. with a worldwide staff, promotes effective giving and recommends a list of highly effective charities proven to protect and improve life for those living in global extreme poverty.
The Life You Can Save Australia: This new Australian affiliate charity brings our work to Peter Singer's home country with the purpose of helping to alleviate global extreme poverty and suffering.
High Impact Philanthropy (HIP): This partnership with Samhita Social Ventures, a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) enterprise in Mumbai, uses TLYCS as a model to raise money for organizations doing effective poverty work within India.
Jon helps set the organization’s overall priorities and strategic direction. He founded and continues to assist with our Giving Game project, a global philanthropy education initiative that teaches people skills to give more effectively and makes these lessons tangible by providing workshop participants with real money to donate to the charities of their choice.
Prior to joining The Life You Can Save, Jon spent ten years at a prominent hedge fund, working primarily in the areas of risk management, portfolio optimization, and algorithm development. He has also served on the board of directors for GiveWell, a widely-respected charity evaluator.
Jon now lives on Bainbridge Island, WA with his wife Meghann Riepenhoff (an acclaimed artist) and their dog Oso.
Stacey’s background is in digital design and project management. She has worked on web applications for companies like Sanlam, digital magazines for organizations like Orlando Pirates (local soccer team) and everything in between. Stacey has always been passionate about helping “the least of these” and so becoming a part of The Life You Can Save's team has been significant in bringing together her passions for media and for loving people. Stacey is based in Cape Town, South Africa and is excited to be a part of changing the world for good.
A seasoned lawyer with experience in both the private and public sectors, Yoshi consults for The Life You Can Save. She volunteers her time to the organization because she is passionate about its efforts to reduce extreme poverty globally. She also loves the fact that she can rely on The Life You Can Save to identify charities which effectively use donations received to further their purposes. Yoshi lives in Southern California with her partner, two young daughters, and dog.
Angela brings finance and fundraising expertise to the The Life You Can Save. Professionally, she served as Assistant Director of Planned Giving at Stanford and before that as a Director at GATX Capital and is a Certified Financial Planner®. Angela volunteered with her local education foundation for many years. She has always been interested in international development and volunteered with Village Enterprise for several years. The message behind The Life You Can Save resonated with her from the moment she heard about it and she is delighted to join the team helping to end extreme poverty. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two children. See our page about Other Ways to Donate to learn more about Planned Giving and Donor Advised Funds.
Before entering th nonprofit world, Amy worked in shipping and export, followed by secondary education with a focus on teaching English and Social History to at-risk high school students. With a lifelong awareness of how fortunate she is in a world of grossly imbalanced fortune, she felt immediate resonance with The Life You Can Save's message. Amy feels lucky to have found a "home" here alongside smart, dedicated people for whom working to combat extreme poverty is a fundamental way of seeing the world and their place in it. From her home in the San Francisco Bay Area, she oversees TLYCS's newsletter, blog and other communications and facilitates a variety of our projects.
Llamil is an industrial engineer with a range of technology expertise on top of a decade of experience in food manufacturing. In addition to opening and operating four successful restaurants, Llamil has used his skills to manage a tech company and founded his own web design and hosting company in his native Costa Rica. Besides his wife and children, he is passionate about advertising, marketing and information systems. Llamil finds working at The Life You Can Save to be integrated with his outlook: although one is not necessarily responsible for the misfortunes of others, we do have a moral responsibility to help and it is our duty, as it is to pay our debts or educate our children.
As Director of Development, Rickard works to increase money moved to The Life You Can Save's recommended charities and to scale the impact of the organization. Rickard has spent more than 10 years working on growth, innovation and change as part of a commitment to making the world a better place. His experience spans global, for-purpose organisations including the United Nations in Switzerland, India and Thailand; as well as consulting for a number of well-regarded not-for-profits in Australia. Rickard is a citizen of Sweden and Australia and is currently based in Sydney.
Diana, located in Texas, is a retired CPA. After graduating from Rice University, she worked in public accounting for 27 years and private industry for 18 years, retiring as Executive Vice President, Finance and Accounting, from The Men's Wearhouse, Inc. in 2016. While in public accounting, Diana’s client audit work spanned numerous industries and multiple nonprofit organizations. Her responsibilities in private industry included financial reporting, mergers and acquisitions, public and private financing transactions, foreign operations, interim chief financial officer and member of the executive operating committee. Diana has also served as a volunteer for several nonprofit organizations at both committee and board levels.
Saurabh Gupta is an Advisor for Strategic Initiatives at Samhita, enabling innovative approaches & scalable solutions for the optimization of partner engagements to create greater value. An innovative thinker and change agent, Saurabh has 15+ years of global experience in leading Business Transformations & Solutions for organizations like Nomura (formerly Lehman Brothers), Jardine Lloyd Thomson & General Mills.
Saurabh has a master’s degree in business administration from Pune University and holds an Advanced Certification in Strategic Management from IIM, Kozhikode, along with a master’s in design thinking from MIT, Sloan. He is also a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt professional.
Saurabh will lead the strategy, development, and operationalizing of all of HIP’s technological pursuits and integrations and will advise on technology and marketing initiatives at TLYCS.
Priya founded Samhita as part of the Nadathur family's social initiatives. Previously, she co-founded The Spark Group, an education incubator that delivered affordable education to low-income communities in India. She has worked as a researcher at the Poverty Action Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as a consultant with the International Finance Corporation in Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria and Cameroon and as an accountant with Arthur Andersen. Priya has a master’s degree in economics from Yale University, a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a master’s degree (and a Gold Medal) in commerce from Mumbai University. She also holds an Executive Education degree from Harvard Business School.
Priya will play the role of an advisor to HIP, providing the team with critical strategic inputs as the entity grows and establishes itself in India, and evangelizing the initiative within India’s philanthropy ecosystem.
Anushree leads the Knowledge and Research practice at Samhita and has extensive research experience with private and third sector organizations in the UK. She is a social researcher with a track record of producing evidence-based analyses and reports.
Prior to Samhita, Anushree was a researcher with New Policy Institute, a progressive think-tank based in London, where she designed and implemented customized research solutions for a range of clients on a variety of socio-economic topics. She has also worked with Age UK, a charity aiming to improve the lives of those over 50, and FairPensions, a charity campaigning for ‘responsible investment’ based on the inclusion of ESG principles in investment decisions among the pension fund and asset management industry in the UK.
Anushree is an economics graduate from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai and has pursued her master’s degree in Development Studies from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London.
Anushree will lead the overall strategy and execution of HIP in India.
Anam graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 2018 with an A.B. in Political Science. For her senior thesis, she examined The Clean India Mission, a national campaign launched in India in 2014 to curtail illness and improve the environment through better sanitation. She has experience in the Design Thinking Methodology, as she was selected to be part of Princeton’s Tiger Challenge program where she worked with a team to address complex issues such as refugee unemployment and waste stream contamination. She has also volunteered in diverse projects across the globe. At Princeton, she received the Priscilla Glickman ’92 Memorial Prize. Her hobbies include learning new languages, martial arts, theatre and travel. She hails from Mumbai and has recently moved back to India to work in the social impact space.
Anam comes from a community where young girls are often not encouraged to get an education, and she is acutely aware of how fortunate she is to have gotten the opportunity to learn. She now wants to use her education to give back to society. She is inspired by The Life You Can Save’s message and is absolutely thrilled to be joining the team!
Holly has a strong commitment to improving the lives of others, and is passionate about implementing sustainable and measurable solutions to social problems. She has extensive experience across a diverse array of non-profit organisations and is currently completing a dual degree in law and economics at Queensland University of Technology. Holly will be spearheading redesign of TLYCS’s impact calculator to refine accuracy and transform usability and accessibility. She will also apply her strategic and fundraising capabilities to help increase our impact, with focus on partnerships, fundraising and other strategic initiatives in Australia.
Kathryn has an LLM in International Law and Human Rights and an LLB in Law. Before becoming involved in the High Impact Philanthropy ecosystem, she worked in international development in India, Malaysia, and Ethiopia as a legal researcher then lecturer in Women's Human Rights. She brings to her role as Philanthropic Educator and Curriculum Developer a genuine enthusiasm for philanthropy education and a strong commitment to its critical importance in helping to tackle the world's most critical problems.
Before joining TLYCS, Joanna spent many years working in leadership positions in various state and federal government departments. Previous to this, she worked in the private sector, including at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and in the medical and construction sectors. Joanna is a Chartered Accountant and has a keen interest in process establishment and improvement.
Eric Gastfriend is a social entrepreneur who has been active in the Effective Altruism movement since 2011 when he became the volunteer Community Manager for the career-coaching organization 80,000 Hours. He is the Founder of the Harvard University Effective Altruism Student Group and Philanthropy Advisory Fellowship, which advises corporations, foundations, and billionaires on how to have the most impact with their charitable dollars. He is currently co-Founder and CEO of DynamiCare Health, a tech startup that is fighting substance use with evidence-based motivational tools. He earned his B.A. magna cum laude from Brown University, where he started the Brown Animal Rights Club, and MBA from Harvard Business School.
Caroline Fiennes (formerly Newhouse) advises people and companies on giving well to charities. She is one of the few people whose work has been featured in OK! magazine and The Lancet. Her book, It Ain’t What You Give, It’s The Way That You Give It, has been called "The Freakonomics of the charity world."
She is Director of Giving Evidence, a company which specialises in ‘advice on giving, based on evidence‘. She frequently speaks and writes in the press, and has been an award-winning Chief Executive – of climate change charity Global Cool, which promotes green living. She has advised donors including the Emirates Foundation in UAE, Eurostar, ERM(Environmental Resources Management: a global environmental consultancy), the Ashden Awards, the Big Lottery Fund, the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts, professional tennis players, the Private Equity Foundation, BBC Children in Need, Booz & Co., and Morgan Stanley. This work has spanned environment, health, education, international development, children’s issues and other areas.
She is on boards of the US Center for Effective Philanthropy, of the world’s largest charity rating agency Charity Navigator, Evidence Aid (part of The Cochrane Collaboration), is the Corporation of London’s City Philanthropy Coach. She works with Innovations for Poverty Action and the University of Chicago.
Joshua D. Greene is Professor of Psychology, a member of the Center for Brain Science faculty, and the director of the Moral Cognition Lab at Harvard University. His research has focused on the psychology and neuroscience of moral judgment and decision-making. His broader interests cluster around the intersection of philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience.
In 2012, he was awarded the Stanton Prize by the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, and in 2013 he received Harvard’s Roslyn Abramson Award for teaching. He has been voted a “Favorite Professor” by several of Harvard College’s graduating classes.
Greene is the author of Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them.
Michael Quinn is the Founding Director of MediaMath.org, MediaMath's philanthropic arm. Michael is focused on making the world a little bit better by leveraging 1% of MediaMath's technology, people, and resources while promoting the ideas of effective altruism: doing good, better. Before moving into the corporate philanthropy world Michael spent 10 years working as a technology project manager in London, Hong Kong, and New York before moving into the corporate philanthropy world. Michael now lives in Ireland with his wife and dog, Chewie.
Vidushi is a Princeton and Fulbright alumna interested in leveraging technology, philanthropy, and policy to help solve social problems. She is helping establish The Life You Can Save in India to mobilize individuals and organizations to use strategic giving to eradicate Indian poverty. An avid traveler and writer, she also enjoys hiking, singing, and good vegan meals.
The Life You Can Save's Panel of Experts curates our charity recommendations, aggregating the best research from outside sources and adding scrutiny. Read more about our selection methodology.
Eric Friedman is author of the book Reinventing Philanthropy: A Framework for More Effective Giving. He is passionate about high-impact giving and has been quoted on charitable giving in publications such as the The New York Times, Chronicle of Philanthropy, USA Today, Forbes, The Los Angeles Times, and the CFA Institute's Enterprising Investor.
Professionally, Eric is an actuary and investment consultant. He holds the designations of Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA), Enrolled Actuary (EA), and Charter Financial Analyst (CFA). He graduated from Stanford University with majors in mathematics and economics.
Eric lives in Oak Park, Illinois with his wife, daughter, and two cuddly cats.
Dean Karlan is Professor of Economics at Northwestern University, Founder of Innovations for Poverty Action and Co-Founder of ImpactMatters along with Elijah Goldberg. He received his Ph.D in Economics 2002 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and prior to that completed an MBA and MPP from the University of Chicago. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. Dean is also on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the M.I.T. Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab.
Dean's research focuses on microeconomic issues of public policies and poverty. Much of his work uses behavioral economics insights and approaches to examine economic and policy issues relevant to developing countries, with particular attention to policies to increase income and financial wellbeing for those in extreme poverty. In the United States, he works on charitable giving, financial services for the under and unbanked, and behavioral health.
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