Niel BowermanHi!  I’m Niel Bowerman.  I am a co-founder and Director of Special Projects at the Centre for Effective Altruism.  I have a PhD (DPhil) in climate physics from Oxford University.  I was a member of President Obama’s Energy and Environment Policy Team, and was Climate Science Advisor to the Office of the President of the Maldives.  I was also named a “Global Shaper” by the World Economic Forum.  A full biography is available here.


I am currently working on the following projects:

borderless logoI manage the Global Priorities Project, a joint research initiative I co-founded between the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford and the Centre for Effective Altruism.  It attempts to prioritise between the pressing problems currently facing the world in order to establish in which areas we can have the most impact.

I coordinate effective altruism outreach for the Centre for Effective Altruism, and as part of this I am currently developing EffectiveAltruism.org.

80kI act as an Advisor to 80,000 Hours,  an organisation I helped set up and for which I once served as Acting Executive Director.  80,000 Hours carries out research and provides guidance to talented individuals hoping to maximise their social impact.

I am also the CEO of Effective Altruism Ventures, a registered company focusing on promoting effective altruism, primarily via a book authored by William MacAskill, which will be published by Penguin in the US and Guardian Faber in the UK in Summer 2015.