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].
Frances Kissling, activist, scholar and author is a long-time leader in the global movements for women's rights and sexual and reproductive health. She is a co-founder of the Global Fund for Women and The Religious Consultation on Population, Reproductive Health and Ethics. Kissling teaches Reproductive Health Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania and has been a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies fellow.
With over 250 articles published in venues including Salon, Mother Jones, The Nation, The New York Times, the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion and the Washington Post, Kissling has been a respected voice for women and girls.
Her international work includes testimony before the British, Uruguayan, Philippines and Brazilian Parliaments and lectures and workshops in more than 30 developing countries. She is a respected advocate for civil discourse and can be heard at www.onbeing.org/program/frances-kissling-on-listening-beyond-life-and-choice/123. She currently serves as President of the Center for Health, Ethics and Social Policy
As COO, Jon helps coordinate The Life You Can Save’s various projects and set the organization’s overall strategic direction. He founded and continues to run 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.
Lara Aknin’s primary research interests focus upon the antecedents and consequences of happiness and prosocial behaviour. Some of her recent work has examined perceptions of the money and happiness relationship and whether people reap greater happiness from spending money on others, called prosocial spending, than when spending the same amount of money on themselves. Her research has found that generous spending leads to higher levels of happiness than spending money on oneself, both in North America and in various other countries around the world.
Max H. Bazerman is Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and the Co-Director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Max's research focuses on decision making, negotiation, and ethics. He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of twenty books (including The Power of Noticing, Simon and Schuster, 2014; and Blind Spots [with Ann Tenbrunsel], Princeton University Press, 2011) and over 200 research articles and chapters.
Fiery Cushman is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, where he directs the Moral Psychology Research Laboratory. Cushman's research aims to organize the astonishing complexity of moral judgment around basic functional principles. The ultimate goal is to use the moral domain to understand phenomena of more general importance: the balance between learned and innate contributions to cognition; the human capacity to explain, predict and evaluate others’ behavior; the relationship between automaticity and control; and the architecture of learning and decision-making in a social context.
His research awards include the Stanton Prize by the Society for Philosophy and Psychology and the Daniel M. Wegner Theoretical Innovation Prize by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. His teaching awards include the Henry Merrit Wriston Fellowship, Brown University’s highest recognition for pre-tenure faculty.
Christine Exley is an assistant professor of business administration in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit at Harvard Business School. She teaches the Negotiation course in the MBA elective curriculum.
Professor Exley's research explores how behavioral motivations often have nuanced implications in the realm of prosocial behavior, with a particular focus on charitable giving and volunteer decisions. Prior to joining HBS, she received her PhD in Economics from Stanford University and co-founded www.wagaroo.com to combat the inefficiency in the pet adoption market and help dogs find homes.
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.
Elizabeth Keenan is an assistant professor of business administration in the Marketing Unit at Harvard Business School. Elizabeth’s research focuses on barriers to and motivators of prosocial behavior, using a combination of field, laboratory, and online experimental methods. Her recent work investigates donors’ aversion to overhead spending by nonprofits, including its negative effects on the choice to give. A subset of Elizabeth’s research focuses on topics related to environmental sustainability, including drivers of green product choice, hotel towel reuse, and the underlying psychological processes involved in climate-change-related judgments.
Elizabeth earned her PhD in marketing at the Rady School of Management at the University of California, San Diego; an MAS in marine biodiversity and conservation, also at UC San Diego; and a BS in biology at Loyola Marymount University. Prior to her doctoral studies, she spent ten years in nonprofit management and education at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
David Rand is an associate professor of Psychology, Economics, and Management at Yale University, an member of the Yale Institute for Network Science, Institution for Social and Policy Studies, and Cognitive Sciences Program, and the director of Yale University’s Human Cooperation Laboratory as well as the Applied Cooperation Team that partners with organizations outside the academy to run field experiments. His research combines a range of theoretical and experimental methods in an effort to explain the high levels of cooperation that typify human societies, and to uncover ways to promote cooperation in situations where it is lacking. You can watch his Inspiring Yale 2016 talk "Human Cooperation" to learn more about his interdisciplinary approach to understanding human cooperation.
He was named to Wired magazine’s Smart List 2012 of “50 people who will change the world,” chosen as a 2012 PopTech Science Fellow, and awarded Yale's Arthur Greer Memorial Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication or Research in 2015.
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.
Ashley Whillans is a PhD Candidate at the University of British Columbia. She is a UBC Public Scholar, and conducts research with non-profits, companies, and the government. In 2015, Ashley was named Rising Star of Behavioural Science by the International Behavioural Exchange and the Behavioural Science & Policy Association.
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