Our project

The Effective Thesis project aims to assist students in their thesis topic choice and direct their attention to areas that have the potential to greatly improve the world. Choosing a final thesis topic is an important step in researchers’ trajectories, yet there doesn’t seem to be much assistance provided through standard channels. Moreover, the consideration of how much progress on a given question could improve the world often does not receive a lot of attention. We try to spark students' inspiration by suggesting research paths which are important from this perspective yet neglected and which could thus provide opportunities for higher impact via research. We also provide feedback on topic ideas, connect students with researchers who are already working in the same area and connect them with other students working on similar issues.

Our project is based on the principles of Effective Altruism, specifically with regard to how to use one’s resources to do the most good. It is also informed by the advice of 80000 Hours on how to use one’s career to significantly improve the world.

Project Management


David Janků

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David founded and manages Effective Thesis. He has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Masaryk University, MSc in Organizational Psychology from the University of Leeds and works toward PhD in Sociology of Science at Charles University in Prague. He also works in the Czech Science Foundation in the development and analyses team, collaborated on a couple of academic research projects and helps organising international research symposium on academic inequalities and epistemic gaps in science funding.

Isobel Phillips

Isobel is a project manager for Effective Thesis working to ensure the continued success and growth of the project. She has a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Management from Oxford University. Previously she has worked in migration policy analysis and for NGOs working with refugees which furthered her passion for maximising altruistic impact. Her particular interests include global priorities research, global health and development, and economic inequality.

Coaching Team


Silvana Hultsch

Silvana is leading and developing the coaching services at Effective Thesis. She has a bachelor's degree in Philosophy & Economics and soon a second one in Business Administration from the University of Bayreuth. She is interested in Global Priorities Research and does movement building in her local group and the Network for Effective Altruism in Germany (NEAD).

Vorathep (Dev) Sachdev

Dev is a legal consultant in a prestigious law firm in Thailand, an incoming PhD Candidate at the University of Edinburgh (One Health Programme) and runs his own startup coaching students on their undergraduate and graduate university applications (edDEVCoach). He has expertise in law, bioethics and intellectual property. He loves to spend his free time as a soccer/football coach and helping students find their own path.

Luisa Teixeira

Luisa Teixeira is supporting the coaching services at Effective Thesis, mostly by having interesting conversations with students! She identifies deeply with doing research for good and is eager to share knowledge and skillset on research, as well as her expertise and professional experience on environment, conservation, and technology.

Ruben Dieleman

Ruben Dieleman (NL/Swe) is an EA enthusiast with a background in political sciences who loves to employ his knowledge and experience for good, and help early stage students out with determining their professional and academic paths.

Edo Arad

Edo has a background in Math and CS research, in and outside of Academia. He is a co-organizer of Effective Altruism Israel, and is interested in improving how academic research is done.

Teo En Qi

En Qi identifies and posts career, internship, and funding opportunities for the Effective Thesis community. She has a bachelor's degree in Economics from the National University of Singapore, and currently works as a research assistant in applied microeconomics. She is interested in research modelling the probability of catastrophic events, with a particular focus on climate and nuclear risks.

Adéla Novotná

Adéla helps with sharing relevant job opportunities to Effective Thesis student’s community. She has a background in Psychology and focuses mainly on Research in Social Psychology. She was one of the Effective Thesis first students with her bachelor thesis focusing on the Influence of animal advocacy movies on meat consumption.

Content Team


Sophie Kirkham

Sophie is the content manager for Effective Thesis. They have a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Oxford and are currently studying a master’s in psychotherapy. Previously they worked in operations for an education startup and as a freelance editor.

Vaneesha Jain

Vaneesha is part of the Content Team at Effective Thesis, and develops Research Direction Profiles on topics in various fields, with the aim of inspiring researchers to choose a valuable topic that promotes wellbeing in the world. Vaneesha has a Bachelors degree in Law from NUJS, Kolkata, and a Masters in Law from the NYU School of Law, New York City. She became involved with Effective Altruism during her time at NYU, and continues to engage with the EA community in Bangalore, India, where she is now based.

Web Development


Daniel Hnyk

Daniel is in charge of developing and maintaining the Effective Thesis website. He graduated in Mathematical Informatics at the Faculty of Nuclear and Physical Engineering of Czech Technical University in Prague. His research mainly focuses on data science and machine learning, in which he also runs his business. Daniel is the founder of the Czech branch of the LessWrong rationalist community, and he is also involved in founding our Czech Association for Effective Altruism, where he now serves as a strategic coordinator.

Other supporters and collaborators

Martin Račák - significant help with web development

Vojtěch Veselý - significant help with web development

Jakub Zárybnický - significant help with web development

Caleb Huffman - help with running our Facebook community

And a big thank you also goes to all our coaches, funders and other supporters.

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