Staff

Stefan Torges Portrait

Stefan Torges

Executive Director

Stefan leads Raising for Effective Giving. Apart from that, his main responsibilities are donor relations, donation advice, and corporate partnerships.

Persis Eskander Portrait

Persis Eskander

Research & Communications

Persis is responsible for research and communications at Raising for Effective Giving.

Jonas Vollmer Portrait

Jonas Vollmer

Advisor

Jonas is Executive Director of the Effective Altruism Foundation, REG's parent foundation. In that capacity he advises REG on strategic questions.

Co-founders

Liv Boeree Portrait

Liv Boeree

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.

Igor Kurganov Portrait

Igor Kurganov

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 Gruissem Portrait

Phil Gruissem

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 Huber Portrait

Stefan Huber

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.

Ambassadors

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.

Martin Jacobson Portrait

Martin Jacobson

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.

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Erik Seidel

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 Hall Portrait

Cate Hall

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 Bonomo Portrait

Justin Bonomo

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 George Portrait

Christopher George

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 Danzer Portrait

George Danzer

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 Juanda Portrait

John Juanda

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.

Andrew Barber Portrait

Andrew Barber

Andrew first got involved with REG at the 2015 WSOP where he won his first career bracelet in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E for over $500,000 USD. He donated $10,000 to a REG matching challenge that same year and has regularly and enthusiastically supported REG since then. In addition to being a professional poker player, Andrew is also undertaking a PhD in Economics at UCSC.

Luciana Manolea Portrait

Luciana Manolea

Luciana is famous for her success in online poker tournaments, particularly the Women’s Sunday. She recently became a SCOOP champion after winning SCOOP 2017 Event #17 for $43,000 USD. Luciana took the pledge to give 3% of her winnings to effective charities through REG in 2015 and has been an active supporter ever since.

Jeff Gross Portrait

Jeff Gross

Jeff Gross has began playing poker at 14. Since becoming a professional player, he has made over $4,000,000 USD in career tournament earnings, sat at 5 WSOP Final Tables, placed 2nd at Premier League Season VII, 3rd at WPT Montreal, and 3rd at Alpha 8 Florida. Jeff also has a strong online presence as a Twitch streamer and youtuber. Jeff has been supporting REG since 2015.

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