• WANBAM connects and supports a global network of women, trans people of any gender, and non-binary people interested in Effective Altruism through mentorship

    Mentee applications are open!

    We are accepting Expressions of Interest for mentees! The application round is open until the 30th of July. To apply, please complete this form. We cannot wait to hear from you!

  • About us

    Effective Altruism is about answering the question, "How can we use our resources to help others the most?" We believe that to solve this question, we need incredible people with a diversity of skills and perspectives.


    We started WANBAM because we identified an opportunity for a high-leverage, positive impact. In 2019, 71% of respondents to the EA Survey reported their gender as male. Additionally, the survey found women twice as likely to cite a lack of diversity or welcomingness as a barrier to greater involvement in EA. Personal contact was overwhelmingly the most important factor for retention, especially for women. This pointed toward the value of mentorship to complement and support EA community-building efforts in attracting and retaining dedicated, talented people.


    WANBAM was founded with the aim of inspiring and supporting women, trans people of any gender, and non-binary people pursuing high-impact career paths. Since late 2019, we have matched and facilitated the mentoring of over 230 people. Our mentor base has quickly grown to over 90 people from a diversity of organizations. You can find out more about our successes, challenges, and opportunities for impact in Kathryn, our CEO’s talk at EAGX Asia Pacific, below.

  • Join us

    Mentee applications are open!

    We are accepting Expressions of Interest for mentees! The application round is open until the 30th of July.

    If you are a mentee with WANBAM, you will have one-on-one meetings with a mentor for six months, and introductions to our global community of women, non-binary and trans people who are changing the world in truly incredible ways.

    We would love to hear from you if you are a woman, non-binary person, or trans person of any gender with enthusiasm and aptitude to pursue a high-impact career path. Past mentees have been particularly successful when they have a sense of what they would like to achieve through mentorship. To express an interest, please complete this application.

    Apply to be a mentor

    We are looking for women, trans people of any gender, and non-binary mentors who are mid-senior level in impactful career paths and excited to support promising newcomers. To express an interest, please complete this application.

  • Are you hiring?

    If you are an EA or EA-aligned organization that is hiring and who is interested in recommendations for candidates from diverse backgrounds, please reach out to us! You can email Kathryn Mecrow-Flynn at eamentorshipprogram@gmail.com.


    "All of WANBAM's recommendations were for clearly talented individuals. We found our top two candidates through recommendations from WANBAM, and their recommendations also helped ensure we had an overall diverse candidate pool."- Luisa Rodriguez, Chief Of Staff at Forethought Foundation for Global Priorities Research

  • A review of our current work

    WANBAM: Our successes, challenges, and opportunities to get involved by CEO Kathryn Mecrow-Flynn

  • Community

    Our mentor and mentee community is a global network. We have mentors and mentees on all inhabited continents.

  • 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 Infrastructure 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. Five years ago, she became involved in Effective Altruism. This culminated in her running the UK operations of the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA). She then worked as the Curriculum Developer and Philanthropic Educator for The Life You Can Save where she focused upon the Giving Games Project. She founded WANBAM in 2019 and acts as a Consultant for high impact organizations.

    Habiba Islam

    Director (Secretary)

    Habiba Islam is an Advisor at 80,000 Hours. Habiba previously served as the Senior Administrator for the Future of Humanity Institute and the Global Priorities Institute at Oxford. Before that, she qualified as a barrister and worked in management consulting specialising in operations for public and third sector clients.


    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.

  • Ideas

    Resources for our community.

    April 19, 2021
    This is primarily a resource for WANBAM mentors. We made it public in case it helps other mentorship/community building programs. Any questions please reach out to Kathryn.  WANBAM started in 2019 with a group of volunteer mentors. As we build and grow the program, we collaborate to create and...
    As part of our Women in EA Seminar Series, in August, we interviewed Karolina Sarek. Karolina is co-founder and Director of Research at Charity Entrepreneurship, which helps to start high-impact charities. She also serves as a Fund Manager at the EA Animal Welfare Fund, a consultant for various...
    This post collects resources that have been recommended by our WANBAM community. We hope this is a useful resource for people just getting involved in the Effective Altruism (EA) community and those interested in delving further into a particular focus area. This list is live and will be updated...
  • Donating to us

    We are incredibly grateful to our donors. If you are excited about donating to WANBAM, you can find us on Effective Altruism Funds. Thank you so much.

  • Reach out

    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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