About Us

Our Mission

Impact Academy is a non-profit organization that enables people to become world-class leaders, thinkers, and doers who are using their careers and characters to solve some of the most pressing problems and contribute to the best possible futures.

To fulfil our mission and deliver the best interventions possible, we will use an experimental approach, conduct applied research, and share our findings. Additionally, we will provide grants to our fellows and others who share our aims.

Our History

Impact Academy was founded in February 2023 by Vilhelm Skoglund, Sebastian Schmidt, and Lowe Lundin after having run Future Academy - a six-month ambitious educational program.

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Our Team

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Vilhelm Skoglund

Co-Founder and CEO

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Sebastian Schmidt

Co-Founder and Director of Programs

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Lowe Lundin

Co-Founder and Project Manager

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Raphaëlle Cohen

Operations and Communications Associate

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Anubhuti Jain

Co-lead of Future Academy

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Aditya S.K

Regional Project Associate

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Chiara Gerosa

AI Governance lead

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Varun Agrawal

Managing Director of Axiom Futures

Support Us

We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without all the great people who help us. We’re truly grateful for all your support and encouragement. Here are a few ways you can help us:

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Tell your friends about us

Think of your one or two friends who would be most interested, and recommend they check us out – we’ve found many of our biggest success stories this way.

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Make a donation

We provide our services free of charge, so we are dependent upon the support of generous donors. To learn more about our funding needs, please reach out to Vilhelm.

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Recommend someone to work with us

Our biggest bottleneck right now is finding more staff and advisors who are an excellent fit with our team and mission. Recommendations are highly appreciated, and if someone you recommend ends up getting a job, we are happy to consider giving you a bounty.

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Share our content on social media

Invite your friends to follow us on LinkedIn.

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Stay updated

Stay updated on our progress as an organization to learn about how else you can help.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

How is Impact Academy funded?

Impact Academy is funded by various different sources, but most of our funding comes from a family foundation in Sweden - Charlottes och Fredriks Stiftelse. We have also received support from Open Philanthropy, a large philanthropic organization in the United States. Previously, one of our projects received funding from the Future Fund.

Why are you doing what you are doing?

Many people want to work to form a better future, but most university degrees and career advice doesn’t even discuss the core challenges humanity is facing or the question of how to make the most good through your life and career. Further, research shows that there are huge differences in impact between attempts to do good and that some highly pressing problems are neglected. Thus, almost all fail to have as much impact as they could and we are putting our future at risk.

Impact Academy is a response to this challenge. Our aim is to become a world-class source of motivation and support for talented students and young professionals interested in creating a flourishing future - helping them create meaningful lives where they fulfil their potential to contribute.

What is effective altruism, and how does it relate to Impact Academy?

The short answer: Effective altruism (EA) is a research field and practical community that aims to find the best ways to help others, and put them into practice. Read more here.

Impact Academy is inspired by the ideas of effective altruism and collaborates with many organizations in the community, but we are totally independent and pursue distinct venues for doing good.

The slightly longer answer: Everyone wants to do good, but many ways of doing good are ineffective. The EA community is focused on finding ways of doing good that actually work.

This led to many ideas like the following:

Impact Academy is inspired by the ideas of effective altruism and collaborates with many organizations in the community, but we are totally independent and pursue distinct venues for doing good. E.g. we put a particular focus on doing issues related to the far future and think EA puts too little attention on non-consequentialist notions of doing good.