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Philip Trammell

Philip is a graduate student in economics at Oxford University 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.

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Cassidy Nelson

Cassidy is a Research Scholar, Acting Co-Lead of the Biosecurity Research Group at the Future of Humanity Institute, and a DPhil candidate at the University of Oxford. Previously, she 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.

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David Rhys Bernard

David is a PhD student at the Paris School of Economics. Previously, he studied Masters in Public Policy and Development at the Paris School of Economics and undergraduate degree Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Warwick.

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Vanessa Kosoy

Vanessa is a research associate at the Machine Intelligence Research Institute, previously co-founded a couple of start-ups 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.


Aleš Flídr

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

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Parendi Birdie

Parendi is a Scientific Project Manager at Mission Barns. Previously, she was Cellular Agriculture Research Associate at JUST and completed undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of Kansas.

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Simon Beard

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


Noga Aharony

Noga is a master's student in systems biology and a Sherman Interdisciplinary Fellow at Kishony Lab at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. Previously, she studied an undergraduate degree in neuroscience at McGill University. She advises students interested in reducing catastrophic risks from engineered pathogens.

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Maxime Stauffer

Maxime is a Science-Policy Officer at the Geneva Science-Policy Interface and co-founder of the Social Complexity Lab Geneva. He is also an advisor to the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and researcher at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Previously, he studied undergradate degree in international relations at the University of Geneva.

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David Denkenberger

David is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and an associate at the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute. He co-founded and directs the Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters, received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder and masters from Princeton University in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

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David Moss

David is a Principal research manager at Rethink Priorities. Previously, he studied a master degree in Philosophy at the University of Kent and an undergraduate degree in Philosophy at Cambridge University.


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