I'm a chartered accountant with a background in the start up scene. I'm in the process of a career change, leaving my role as Financial Director of a beer company and instead going back to university to retrain as a computer programmer.
I've known and endorsed the key ideas behind EA for four or five years, but I'm new to the EA forum. I'm really interested in most of the key EA areas, but my background is more starting/founding projects and less academic research - so while I love the thought provoking posts, deep down I'm hoping for an exciting idea to pop up that I can get engaged with in some capacity.
The causes that get me most excited are climate change (in particular carbon capture) and economic development (I'm definitely not mainstream on my views on this one). I don't have any interest in AI doomsday scenarios and although I strongly support health interventions in poorer nations as being the best use case of EA thinking to date, I think it can be misleading to focus solely on this at the expense of less easily measured or higher risk projects.