How can we do the best possible, given that we only have limited time, money, and other resources? This is the question that the Effective Altruism (EA) movement is trying to answer.

Using scientific evidence and rational decision making, Effective Altruists try to identify how they can prevent suffering and premature death for as many individuals as possible. They thus combine the “heart” and the “head”.

As Director of Outreach at Raising for Effective Giving (REG), Jan applies this approach to philanthropy. REG is a project of the Effective Altruism Foundation in Berlin and promotes donating part of one’s income to highly cost-effective charities in industries such as professional poker and finance. Jan advises professionals on how they get the “biggest bang for their buck” in the area that they most care about and gives talks and workshops for young people that want to use their career to do good.

Jan studied Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Cognitive Science at the universities of Magdeburg and Osnabrück and focused on the psychology of rational decision making. He has worked at different research institutes, including the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, and at the consultancy nextpractice in Bremen. He was also president and member of the board of two debating societies and helped to organize the World Universities Debating Championship Berlin 2013 as head of finance and accountancy.