Hi, I’m Ben.

I’m the founder of 80,000 Hours and helped to start the effective altruism movement.

80,000 Hours is a non-profit that provides free research and support to help people find careers that effectively tackle the world’s most pressing problems.

I was the lead author of the 80,000 Hours Career Guide and Advanced Series. I write about career strategy, doing good, and using research to have a nice life.

Right now I’m on sabbatical – traveling, studying Chinese and meditating.

See my full bio.

Follow all my writing on Twitter.

Or random personal things on instagram.


Some of the writing I’m more proud of:

Some of my most popular writing & media:

See a list of everything I’ve written at 80,000 Hours.

Media requests

If you’d like to write about me or 80,000 Hours, email uliana@benjamintodd.org.

Here’s a short interview with me on BBC Radio 4, and here’s a longer interview with me by Sam Harris.

Also see: my bio on LinkedIn, two more interviews with me on SuperDataScience and Clearer Thinking, and past media coverage of 80,000 Hours (including TIME, the Telegraph & the Economist).

Some other interests

Consulting & speaking

I consult on non-profit startup strategy, and currently advise the Global Priorities Institute at the University of Oxford, the Centre for Effective Altruism, and the Tianxia Academy. I was one of the first non-profit founders to go through Y Combinator. I do public speaking, and have given a TEDx talk.

Say hello

Contact me: ben at 80000hours.org

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