OUR MISSION

EA Geneva's mission is to improve the prospects of a flourishing civilisation. Its main strategy is to foster the use of evidence- and reason-based methods.

 
 
 

Effective Altruism (EA)

In 2015, our organisation sprang out of the global Effective Altruism movement. Founded in Oxford in 2011, the movement attempts to answer the following question:

How can we use our limited resources to do the most good?

To find viable answers, the movement develops expertise in the application of logical reasoning and the scientific method. The outcome is a general methodology to attempt to improve current practices.

 

Geneva

EA Geneva’s work is defined as follows:

  • We help individuals, the philanthropy sector, and the policy sector

  • to maximise their global impact,

  • through research, education and support efforts,

  • using the tools of applied rationality, cause prioritisation and complexity science.

 
 
EA Geneva is a dynamic group of intelligent people full of innovative ideas and the right energy to put them into practice. With the EA movement, Geneva has won a new, creative and open platform of exchange which promises to push forward solutions for today’s problems and a better tomorrow.
— Dr. Ekkehard Ernst | Chief Macroeconomist, International Labour Organisation
 
 

What we do

 
 

POLICY Research & Strategy

We conduct research on policymaking processes, advised by the University of Oxford's Future of Humanity Institute and in coordination with the EU commission. We sensitise key audiences to the notions and necessity of evidence and reason. We educate relevant stakeholders on crucial strategic considerations through workshops.

 
 

Philanthropy Advisory

We develop, implement and promote methods for impact-oriented donors and grantmakers in collaboration with the University of Geneva's Centre for Philanthropy. We advise high net worth individuals on their giving strategy.

 
 

FOSTERING A COMMUNITY

Aspiring effective altruists need a support network that helps to strike the right balance between self-care and world-improvement. We offer mentoring, provide working and living space, organise social events, seminars and workshops, and coordinate the regional community.

 
 
 
The Effective Altruism movement is one of the most promising, observable phenomena of our times. EA Geneva established it in the Swiss Romandie and hence also contributes to its introduction to the French speaking world. This is an important development that must be encouraged.
— Dr. Samia Hurst | Professor, Biomedical ethics | Director, IEH2, University of Geneva
 
 
 

Our next events:

 
 

EA is a toolkit for impact. Aspiring effective altruists seek to answer one, not-so-simple question:

How can we use our limited resources to do the most good?

Rather than just doing what intuitively feels right, we evaluate and act on the most promising causes, continuously adapting to new evidence.


WHY?

Changing things for the better requires the right tools and know-how. Further, our resources are limited. To sustainably improve things, we have to prioritise and evaluate thoroughly.

How?

We ought to be good judges to make the most of our limited resources. Thus, we advocate critical thinking, probabilistic reasoning, and scientific evidence to improve our capacities.

WhO?

Anyone who wants to do more good. Some plan out their donation strategy, others found entire organisations. All of us try to simply improve our actions and understanding one step at a time.


Have a look at our partner organisations to learn more about the movement:

Read what the media say about Effective Altruism:

Board of directors

 
 
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Olympe Peretz
Co-president

Strategy & Management Consultant
at WHO

Cameron Schmidt
Treasurer

Software Consultant
at SonarSource

Igor Krawczuk
Co-president

Machine learning PhD
at EPFL


Staff

 
 
Maxime Stauffer CSO

Maxime Stauffer
CSO

 
Konrad Seifert CEO

Konrad Seifert
CEO

 

Max holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Geneva. On the side of his work with EA Geneva, he is a research assistant at the Graduate Institute of Geneva, working on computational modelling of household behaviour in sub-saharan Africa.

Having realised the potential for more Effective Altruism in Geneva, Konrad dropped out of International Relations to launch our professionalisation. He is now pursuing a blended MSc programme in Data, Economics and Development Policy by MIT next to his work.


Contributing Members

 
  • Nora Ammann
    Applied rationality lead
  • Olivier Leutke
    Fundraising and outreach
  • Oliver Bramford
    X-risk mitigation strategy
  • Linnea Hakansson
    Research
  • Alvaro Candia
    Research
  • Janique Behman
    Outreach
  • Jan Pieter Snoeij
    Philanthropy strategy
  • Maïlys Fischer
    Student group lead
  • Emma Dayer-Tieffenbach
    Strategy and philanthropy
  • Safiah Mai
    Research
  • Florent Berthet
    X-risk mitigation strategy 
  • Marko Gajic
    Research
  • Chim Lee
    Research
  • Julian Theseira
    Research