• WANBAM (Women and Non-Binary Altruism Mentorship)

    connects and supports

    a global network of women

    and non-binary Effective Altruists

    through mentorship.

    We are actively recruiting women and non-binary mentors. As of December 2019, we have rolled out initial matches, and have 54 mentees and 42 active mentors!


    Effective Altruism (EA) is about answering one question: how can we use our resources to help others the most? We believe that to solve these complex and critical questions, we need incredible people with a diversity of skills and perspectives. Following the Women and Non-Binary people’s meet-up at Effective Altruism Global, San Francisco, 2019, a number of attendees commented on the potential for a mentorship program specifically targeted at providing additional support to promising newcomers to EA who self-identify as women or non-binary.

    The idea blew up faster than we could have expected. As of December 2019, we have just rolled out the initial matches and have 54 mentees and 42 active mentors. We had 75 applicants for mentees in two-three weeks.


    Every couple of months, we feature a different group of mentors participating in our project!

    Rosie Campbell

    Program Lead at the Partnership on AI

    Rosie Campbell is a Program Lead at the Partnership on AI. She is interested in the safe development of AI for the long-term flourishing of humanity, including areas like global cooperation strategy and responsible publication norms for Machine Learning research. Rosie was the Assistant Director of the Center for Human-Compatible AI (CHAI), a technical AI safety research group at UC Berkeley.

    Katie Glass

    Head of the Groups team at CEA​

    Katie Glass has worked in community building for ~8 years. She joined the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) in 2017 and was the director of the EA Global and EAGx conferences series in 2018. She's now Head of the Groups team which is responsible for ensuring that local Effective Altruism groups have the resources and support they need to be successful. ​

    Habiba Islam

    Senior Administrator at FHI and GPI

    Habiba Islam is the Senior Administrator for the Future of Humanity Institute and Global Priorities Institute at Oxford University, helping the two research centres implement ambitious growth plans. Habiba qualified as a barrister and worked as a management consultant with PwC where she specialized in operational and process improvement in local government and charities.

    Karolina Sarek

    Co-founder and Director of Research at Charity Entrepreneurship

    Karolina Sarek is a Co-founder and Director of Research at Charity Entrepreneurship and a board member at Charity Science. She leads the research team, aiming to find the most evidence-based, cost-effective and neglected interventions, and train others in starting high impact charities to implement them. She also serves as a Fund Manager at Effective Altruism Animal Welfare Fund.

    Bridget Williams

    Medical Doctor and Research Fellow at Monash University

    Bridget is a medical doctor who specializes in public health medicine, conducting research to guide policy responses to communicable diseases. She has recently taken up a position of research fellow at Monash University, after previously working as a public health registrar at the Burnet Institute in Melbourne. Bridget has also completed an internship with the World Health Organization’s Global Influenza Programme and has experience in clinical medicine in Melbourne, Darwin, rural Victoria, and Vanuatu.


    We are looking for women and non-binary mentors who are mid-senior level in impactful career paths and excited to discuss further providing support to promising newcomers to Effective Altruism. We are particularly in need of people specializing in cultivated meat, international development, and computer sciences and machine learning. If you are interested we'd love to hear from you! Please complete this application.



    We are between rounds right now. However, we will leave the application process open and check applications occasionally incase we have mentors with capacity. Otherwise, we will be in touch during our next round around EA Global San Francisco. We will prioritize candidates with enthusiasm and aptitude to pursue impactful career paths. After an initial screening with our team, we will match potential mentees with mentors based on:


    i) their interest area(s),

    ii) the type of support they are interested in, and

    iii) their potential career plans.


    If you are interested we'd love to hear from you! Please complete this application.


    Our team is Kathryn Mecrow-Flynn (kathryn.mecrow@gmail.com), and Catherine Lowe (cafelow@gmail.com). The form below goes straight to our project's shared email address but if you want to contact us separately, you can use the emails above.