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Joel Christoph

PhD Student

Joel Christoph is a PhD Student in Economics at the European University Institute (EUI) in Italy. He is also a Bretton Woods 2.0 Fellow of the Atlantic Council and a Dahrendorf Fellow of Oxford University. Joel completed degrees in economics at the EUI, Barcelona School of Economics and University College London. He also studied political science at Tsinghua University, where he was a Young Ambassador for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, as well as a Youth Delegate from the Global Alliance of Universities on Climate to the COP United Nations Climate Change Conference. Professionally, Joel has worked on a variety of projects, including for the World Bank, Swiss Existential Risk Initiative, Nuclear Nonproliferation Education and Research and the University of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute. He has also co-founded an energy software start-up and worked for several consultancies. Joel is multilingual, speaking French, Japanese, Dutch, English, German, and Spanish, with intermediate language skills in Italian and Mandarin Chinese.

Joel is excited to join the New European Voices on Existential Risk initiative (NEVER) as a member and contribute to policy-relevant and practical solutions to existential risks. He is looking forward to networking with young people across Europe and the wider European Leadership Network of leaders committed to open debate and tackling political and security problems with practical solutions. Joel hopes to make meaningful contributions to the NEVER network by speaking regularly with policymakers.

Content by Joel Christoph


Existential threats beyond the bomb: emerging disruptive technologies in the age of AI

To better understand emerging technologies, NEVER members Konrad, Anemone, Emil, Arthur, and Joel outline the evolution of the risk landscape around emerging disruptive technologies and draw parallels between the dangers posed by nuclear weapons and those posed by novel biotechnologies. They explore the broader challenge of governing emerging technologies and suggest potential ways forward.