• WANBAM connects and supports

    a global network of women

    and non-binary Effective Altruists

    through mentorship.

    WANBAM has opened up a new application round for mentees which will remain open until the 5th June 2020 to coincide with our seminar series "Women In Effective Altruism."


    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. Since then, we mentored over 60 women and non-binary people, and have grown our mentor base to over 40 people.

  • Our team

    Our Board of Directors

    Two of our directors work at the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA), from whom we received a grant via the EA Meta Fund. Neither had any previous involvement with Meta Fund grantmaking, and will recuse themselves from any input on future grants.

    Kathryn Mecrow-Flynn

    Director (President) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

    Kathryn Mecrow-Flynn started her career in international development and human rights public interest litigation. Three years ago, she became involved Effective Altruism. This culminated in her running the UK operations of the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA). She is now the Curriculum Developer and Philanthropic Educator for The Life You Can Save where she focuses upon the Giving Games Project. She founded WANBAM in 2018 and acts as a Consultant for high impact organizations.

    Habiba Islam

    Director (Secretary)

    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.

    Catherine Low

    Director (Treasurer)

    Catherine is Groups Support for the EA Local Groups team of the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA). She has held many roles as a Community Builder for Effective Altruism including as a founding member of Effective Altruism New Zealand, compiling resources for the LEAN Project, and acting as a manager for SHIC.

    Karolina Sarek


    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.

    Sky Mayhew


    Sky provides support, resources, and strategy recommendations to individuals and organizations in the effective altruism community. She works in close collaboration with Julia on community health at the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA). Currently, she primarily consults on media, mentorship, and diversity, equity, & inclusion.


    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.




    WANBAM has opened up a new application round for mentees - please share this link with group members who identify as women or non-binary. This will remain open until the 5th June 2020. 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.


    Resources for our community.

    This post summarizes the answers they gave to this question- “If you are comfortable sharing, were there any resources your mentor directed you to?”/”If you are comfortable sharing, what are some key resources you recommended that might be useful to others?” We hope this is a useful resource...

    The form below goes straight to our project's email address <eamentorshipprogram@gmail.com>. This email is managed exclusively by Ms. Kathryn Mecrow-Flynn.

    WANBAM is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit registered in the US under EIN 85-0696012.

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