Our ambassadors are professionals who have demonstrated significant commitment to effective giving. They support our work by officially representing REG on a range of platforms. Their dedication to our mission sets an excellent example for others.
Stefan leads Raising for Effective Giving. His main responsibilities are donor relations, corporate partnerships, and growth. Previously, Stefan studied philosophy, neuroscience, and cognitive science at the University of Magdeburg.
Persis is responsible for research and communications at Raising for Effective Giving. Previously she worked in social justice policy, advocacy, and analysis. Persis holds degrees in law and philosophy from UNSW and is currently undertaking a Masters of Economics at ANU.
Executive Director, Effective Altruism Foundation
As the Executive Director of the Effective Altruism Foundation Tobias is consulted for strategic questions. Prior to this, he led REG for over a year. Tobias studied political science at the University of Zurich and worked for the Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau (ZDA).
Liv Boeree is one of the world’s most famous female professional poker players. She won the EPT 2010 San Remo main event, won EPA’s “Female Player of the Year” for three consecutive years, and most recently donated 50% of her joint winnings with partner and fellow co-founder Igor Kurganov from the $10,000 Tag Team Bracelet at WSOP 2017. Watch Liv’s talks on REG at EA Global in San Francisco and the University of Oxford Union.
Since his first live tournament in 2010, Igor has won over $12,000,000 USD in poker. He partnered with Phil Gruissem to host the inaugural matching challenge which raised over $140,000 and launched REG in 2014. With Igor’s partner and fellow co-founder Liv Boeree, he won the $10,000 Tag Team Bracelet at WSOP 2017 and together they donated 50% of their winnings.
Phil began playing live tournaments in 2009 and since then has won over $10,000,000 USD in poker. He joined co-founder Igor Kurganov to host the inaugural matching challenge which raised over $140,000 USD and launched REG in 2014. After co-founding REG, Phil visited recipient villages of the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative in Uganda and saw firsthand the impact of effective giving. Watch Phil’s talk on co-founding REG and its mission.
Stefan, aka the “Robin Hood of Poker”, came up with the concept for REG in late 2013 after hosting a fundraiser with fellow poker players which raised over $70,000 for effective charities. He has been fundraising for REG through poker ever since, and his admirable commitment to doing good has been featured in Swiss newspapers and magazines.
Martin has live tournament earnings exceeding $15,000,000 USD and won the WSOP 2014 main event for over $10,000,000 USD. After representing REG during the November Nine as one of our earliest supporters, he donated $250,000 and continues to be one of our keystone supporters.
Erik, a professional poker veteran and G.O.A.T, currently sits at No. 2 on the all-time money list. Over his career he has won eight WSOP bracelets and in 2010 was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. In both 2015 and 2016, Erik pledged 2% of his winnings for REG at the WSOP main event.
Cate came to REG through her interest in effective altruism. Leaving behind a career in law, she began playing professional poker in 2015 and took the REG pledge that same year. In her first year, Cate cashed in 12 events, made three WPT main event final tables and very nearly won the WPT “Player of the Year” award.
Justin has been making a name for himself in professional poker since 2005 when he was the youngest player to be featured at a televised final table during the inaugural year of the EPT at the French Open in Deauville. Since then he has racked up live tournament winnings of more than $15,000,000 USD and become a long-standing supporter of REG.
Christopher began his professional poker career in 2008. A mixed game expert, he has eight WSOP Final Tables in six game formats. Christopher is also an active supporter of effective altruism and currently combines his two passions by using his poker winnings to support effective charities.
George is a mixed game expert with four WSOP bracelets to his name. In 2014 he received the WSOP “Player of the Year” Award. George has supported and promoted REG at numerous high-roller tournaments.
John has live tournament winnings exceeding $20,000,000 USD. He won five WSOP bracelets and was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2015. After donating more than $20,000 of his EPT Barcelona main event prize in 2015, John is constantly looking for new ways to support our work, e.g. auctioning off 1% of his buy-in for the SHRB 2017 to charity.