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Philip Trammell

Philip is a graduate student in economics at the University of Oxford and a research affiliate at the Global Priorities Institute at Oxford University. He previously studied economics and mathematics at Brown University, and has served in economics research roles at the Cato Institute, NERA Economic Consulting, and the University of Chicago. Philip advises students on applications of economic theory to global priorities research.

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Cassidy Nelson

Cassidy is a Research Scholar and Acting Co-Lead of the Biosecurity Research Group at the Future of Humanity Institute. She is also completing a DPhil at the University of Oxford. Previously, Cassidy completed her undergraduate studies in Neuroscience and Developmental Biology and her medical degree at the University of Queensland and holds a Masters of Public Health from the University of Melbourne. She advises students of medicine and public health on health security, biosecurity and pandemic prevention.

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Maxime Stauffer

Maxime is a co-founder and chief executive officer of the Simon Institute for Longterm Governance. Max is also a research fellow at the Global Studies Institute at the University of Geneva and science-policy officer at the Geneva Science-Policy Interface. He previously co-founded the Social Complexity Lab and Effective Altruism Geneva, where he still serves on the board.  In parallel to his work, Max is pursuing an M.Sc. in Computational Maths at Johns Hopkins University. Max advises students in political science, behavioural sciences, mathematics and physics interested in improving political decision making.

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Vanessa Kosoy

Vanessa is a research associate at the Machine Intelligence Research Institute. She previously worked for over a decade in algorithm engineering, both hands-on and management, and finished an undergraduate degree in mathematics at Tel Aviv University. She advises students in mathematics, computer science and other quantitative degrees interested in human aligned artificial intelligence research.

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David Rhys Bernard

David is a PhD student at the Paris School of Economics. Previously, he studied a master's in Public Policy and Development at the Paris School of Economics and an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Warwick. David advises students in applied economics, econometrics, development economics, forecasting, and global priorities research.

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Parendi Birdie

Parendi is the R&D Project Manager at Mission Barns. Previously, she was Cellular Agriculture Research Associate at JUST and has been actively engaged in advancing the field of cellular agriculture since 2013 through her work as both a scientist and impact investor. She has completed an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of Kansas. Parendi advises students who are interested in both technical and non-technical areas of the field of cellular agriculture

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David Denkenberger

David is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and co-founded and directs the Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters (ALLFED). David received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder and his master's in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University. He has 65 peer-reviewed publications and is the third most prolific author in the field of existential and global catastrophic risk.


Noga Aharony

Noga is a graduate student and a Sherman Interdisciplinary Fellow at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, where she studies evolution from a systems biology perspective. Previously, she studied neuroscience at McGill University and interned at the Center for Health Security. She advises students interested in reducing catastrophic risks from engineered pathogens.

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David Moss

David is the Principal Research Manager at Rethink Priorities and a research fellow at Canterbury Christ Church University. Previously, he studied an undergraduate degree in philosophy at the University of Cambridge. David advises students interested in moral psychology and empirical social science.


Aleš Flídr

Aleš is a research assistant to Dr Eric Drexler at the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford. Previously, he was the youngest research assistant hired by DeepMind and completed his undergraduate degree in economics at Harvard University.

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S. J. Beard

SJ is an academic programme manager and senior researcher at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at Cambridge University. Previously, they were a postdoctoral research fellow with the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford and have a PhD in Philosophy from the London School of Economics.


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