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ABOUT

Animal Ask has been founded with the express aim to optimise and prioritise future asks to assist animal advocacy organisations in their efforts to reduce farmed animal suffering.

 

We provide organisations with in-depth research, narrowly targeted at key decisions between different animal asks, supporting organisations, individual activists, policymakers and donors so that they may do more good in the long term.

Animal Ask was founded through the 2020 Charity Entrepreneurship incubation programme.

Amy Odene
Co-founder
Strategic Partnerships & Operations Lead

Amy has worked in the animal advocacy space as both Campaigns Manager for ProVeg UK and Global Corporate Relations at The Humane League UK.

 

During her time at THL she collaborated with the Open Wing Alliance to coordinate major global commitments across the food sector to free hens from cages across the world.

 

She has also spoken at major animal conferences across the world on both plant-based advocacy and the overarching global landscape of factory farmed animals.

George Bridgwater
Co-founder
Research Lead

George was previously a research analyst for Charity Entrepreneurship investigating mental health and animal advocacy interventions for their incubation program.

Before this opportunity, George studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Southampton where he helped to found the Effective Altruism Society.

 

He also volunteered for several charities, including Animal Charity Evaluators and the Red Cross.

Jamie Gittins
Research Analyst

Jamie has completed internships with both Animal Ethics and Charity Entrepreneurship as well as volunteering with the corporate relations department at The Humane League UK.

Before taking on this role Jamie completed a Masters Degree in Cognitive and Decision Sciences at UCL where he wrote his dissertation on moral attitudes towards farmed and wild animals. Jamie also has a degree in Natural Sciences, specialising in Neuroscience from the University of York. 

Ben Williamson
Copyediting Volunteer

Ben has accumulated significant editing experience working as a Freelance Editor for Cambridge Proofreading LLC, as well as writing and editing work on a per-project basis for several other organisations. 

He has had an active interest in effective altruism since taking the Giving What We Can pledge in 2018. Ben also has a degree in Geography from the University of Edinburgh. This included conducting research into the environmental sustainability of traditional farming systems and the lived experience of farmed animals in Scotland.

Advisory Board

Karolina Sarek
Co-founder & Director of Research 
Charity Entrepreneurship
Mandy Carter
Global Head of Campaigns
Compassion in World Farming
Karolina is co-founder and Director of Research at Charity Entrepreneurship. There, she creates a research agenda and processes and leads the research team, aiming to find and compare the most evidence-based, cost-effective and neglected interventions in multiple cause areas. She also serves as a Fund Manager at the EA Animal Welfare Fund, and as a board member and consultant for various nonprofits and think tanks.
 
Before Charity Entrepreneurship, she co-founded an organisation to improve the impact of nonprofits and social enterprises; worked on measurement and evaluation; and was a researcher for IBM and the Jagiellonian University (JU). At the age of 22, she became a university teaching fellow, lecturing at JU’s Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science.
Mandy is an award winning campaigns specialist, currently Global Senior Campaigns Manager at Compassion in World Farming International. There she is responsible for planning, leading and delivering global campaigns with a focus on the highest impact.
 
She has over 15 years of experience in animal advocacy, overseeing strategy at international organisations. The former Campaigns Director at SAFE in New Zealand is also on the advisory board of Sinergia Animal, rated as one of the most effective animal protection NGOs in the world by Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE).
 
Mandy’s successes include working with all supermarkets in New Zealand to get them to go cage-free positively affecting the lives of 40% of hens; securing over one million signatures on the ambitious ‘End the Cage Age’ Europeans Citizens’ Initiative – only the sixth ever to reach this milestone; and overseeing major investigations.
Jan Sorgenfrei
Co-founder & Director of Campaigns 
Anima International
Jan Sorgenfrei is a co-founder of Anima International, where he operates as Director of Campaigns. As a co-founder of Anima Denmark, he has been engaged in animal advocacy for more than 20 years.
 
His current focus is on capacity building and supporting the adaptation and implementation of the most effective campaigns in eastern Europe.
Saulius Simcikas
Senior Staff Researcher
Rethink Priorities
Saulius is a Senior Staff Researcher at a think tank Rethink Priorities, where he focuses on farmed animal welfare topics. A lot of his research is intended to help animal welfare organisations decide what asks to work on.
 
Previously, he was a research intern at Animal Charity Evaluators, organised Effective Altruism events, and worked as a programmer. 
Aaron Ross
Vice President of Policy and Strategy
The Humane League
Aaron Ross serves as the Vice President of Policy and Strategy for The Humane League, an international animal advocacy organisation and is the co-founder of the Open Wing Alliance, a global coalition focused exclusively on ending cages.
 
Aaron has been active in the movement since 2001 and has led groundbreaking campaigns for animals in the US and abroad. He specialises in corporate strategy, negotiation, and mass mobilisation.

© 2020 Animal Ask

Animal Ask is operating through a fiscal sponsorship with Players Philanthropy Fund (Federal Tax ID: 27-6601178), a Maryland charitable trust with federal tax-exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to Animal Ask are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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