Tori Hogan is an author, filmmaker, travel photographer, aid specialist, and global nomad. She is the founder and director of Beyond Good Intentions, an organization that produces films and educational programs on the topic of international aid effectiveness. In 2006, frustrated by the lack of impact she was witnessing while working with refugee populations in Africa and the Middle East, Tori embarked on a yearlong round-the-world journey to produce a ten-part film series on aid effectiveness. Since then, she has dedicated her time to educating young people worldwide about this topic. Most recently Tori published her first book—a memoir set in East Africa—called Beyond Good Intentions: A Journey Into the Realities of International Aid (Seal Press, 2012).
Tori’s endless curiosity about the world has taken her to every continent and to more than seventy-five countries. She has even had the opportunity to sail on several ice-breaker ships in the Arctic and Antarctica as an expedition photographer. Tori received her bachelor’s degree from Duke University, served as a Fulbright scholar in Egypt, and obtained a masters degree in International Education Policy from Harvard University. She currently lives in San Francisco, but will always be a nomad at heart.