Lit with a deep desire to uncover how international aid can be more effective, Tori Hogan has spent the past decade circumnavigating the globe in search of insights. Over the years, Tori has been immersed in the developing world as an aid worker, volunteer, researcher, filmmaker, and specialist on the topic of aid effectiveness.
In 2006, frustrated by the lack of results she was witnessing while working with refugee populations in East Africa and the Middle East, Tori embarked on a yearlong round-the-world journey where she met with over sixty aid organizations and hundreds of recipients to produce a ten-part film series on aid effectiveness. The Beyond Good Intentions film series was released in 2009 and has been viewed in more than 165 countries to date, sparking a much needed dialogue about how to more positively impact the world. Since then, she has dedicated her time to training young people on this topic as the founder and director of her educational organization, Beyond Good Intentions. Tori has received international acclaim for her work in the field of aid effectiveness and has been profiled in a number of media outlets including O! The Oprah Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.
As an avid traveler, Tori’s endless curiosity about the world has taken her to every continent and more than seventy-five countries. In addition to her work and travels in the developing world, Tori has also spent time as a polar photographer on numerous expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctica.
In her spare time Tori enjoys sailing, surfing, volunteering in her community, and savoring the simple joys of life with friends and family.
Tori received her B.A. from Duke University, served as a Fulbright Scholar in Egypt where she received a diploma in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies from the American University in Cairo, and obtained an M.Ed degree in International Education Policy from Harvard University. Born and raised in the Washington D.C. area, Tori now lives in San Francisco but remains a global nomad at heart.