For more than a decade, Tori Hogan has traveled the globe as a researcher, filmmaker, and educator dedicated to improving the effectiveness of international aid. She published a memoir on the subject in 2012 called Beyond Good Intentions: A Journey Into the Reality of International Aid. The book follows her return to East Africa in search of the refugee boy who first opened her eyes to the inefficiencies of the development industry. Since the release of her book, Hogan has spent her time circumnavigating the globe as the communications coordinator on Semester at Sea, speaking worldwide on the topic of aid effectiveness, and launching new projects to help college women uncover their authentic selves.
Hogan's prior projects include a ten-part documentary film series on aid effectiveness (also called Beyond Good Intentions), which she shot during a yearlong journey around the world and released to the world in 2009. Hogan has also had the privilege to work as a polar photographer on numerous expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctica. Her curiosity about the world has led her to spend time on every continent and in more than 80 countries.
Hogan received her BA 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 MEd degree in international education policy from Harvard University. Born and raised in the Washington D.C. area, Hogan now calls San Francisco home.