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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.

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Amy Odene
Co-founder
Head of Operations & Strategic Partnerships

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. 

Amy is also currently a mentor for the Farmed Animal Strategic Team (FAST) and is Co-Creative Director of the social good marketing agency, User Friendly

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George Bridgwater
Co-founder
Head of Research

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.

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Ren Springlea
Research Scientist

Ren is a research scientist with particular expertise in quantitative skills, including data analysis, statistical programming, and biological and economic modelling. They enjoy working across disciplines, having also  published research in psychology, science communication, and the philosophy of animal sentience.

Before bringing their skillset to Animal Ask, Ren worked in academia and as a fisheries scientist in government, and they also provide their skills to the Animal Justice Party.

 

Ren has recently submitted his PhD thesis, and holds a Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics and a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) in Ecology.

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Abby Sarfas
Copyediting Volunteer
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Max Carpendale
Research Analyst

Max has been involved in effective altruism and animal advocacy since 2011.

He has worked as a researcher for Animal Ethics, where he focused on reducing suffering among wild animals, and for Rethink Priorities, where he focused on invertebrate sentience.

 

Max has also interned at Animal Charity Evaluators and volunteered for ALLFED. Max studied philosophy at Simon Fraser University.

 

Abby has been involved in animal advocacy for the past three years, first volunteering for and now working with The Humane League in global corporate relations. In this role she works closely with the Open Wing Alliance on the global cage-free movement, focusing on corporate research and administration.

 

She is a keen writer and editor, often writing and editing content for The Humane League and has previously volunteered as a copyeditor for Sentience Institute. Abby studied Philosophy at the University of Sussex, where she first started volunteering for animals. 

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Advisory Board

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Karolina Sarek
Co-founder & Director of Research 
Charity Entrepreneurship
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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.
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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.
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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.