Global Leadership Team

Mehrdad Baghai
Co-Founder, Chairman, and Global CEO

As Global CEO of High Resolves, Mehrdad has focused on rapid growth of the program in Australia and expansion into the U.S., Canada, China, Brazil and Africa. Mehrdad is Chairman of Alchemy Growth, a boutique strategy advisory firm. Previously, he was a partner at McKinsey & Company and co-leader of the Firm’s worldwide Growth Practice, and an Executive Director at the CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. Mehrdad has degrees from Harvard Law School, Harvard Kennedy School and Princeton University. He is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
I have seen and felt the impact of social division and hatred first hand. We need to think of prejudice, racism and hatred as public health issues and engage in immunization programs in order to eradicate these diseases.

Roya Baghai
Co-Founder and Executive Director of Videos for Change

Roya has a degree in architecture but has worked in many different design fields, from graphic and object design to typography. Throughout all her work, she has been passionate about creating transformative experiences through design. Her commitment to creating positive social change and empowering young people to do the same was the inspiration and driving force behind the co-creation of High Resolves in 2005 and her deep involvement since. Over the last three years, she has also been leading Videos for Change: a powerful platform that is amplifying the voice of young people who have creatively engaged with social issues and are catalyzing positive change in the world.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
I am passionate about contributing in some small way to the creation of a world with unity in diversity, and where justice and equality of opportunity is upheld and experienced by all. I am joyous and privileged to work towards this vision with the impressive and multi-talented team at High Resolves.

Sarah Berg
Director, Special Projects

Sarah is an education executive, entrepreneur and innovator with 15+ years of experience focused on improving outcomes for underserved populations through development of the social and emotional habits, skills and mindsets that enable people to thrive justly. She has launched and grown an educational technology company, developed award-winning, proven effective learning software, and consulted with leading non-profit organizations across early learning, K-12 and post-secondary.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
A thriving, just and sustainable world depends on we humans building a new mind and skill set focused on collective impact, and long-term thinking. The skills High Resolves teaches are essential to this urgent and necessary transformation.

Rachel Hinds
National Program Director, Australia

Rachel has worked in the education sector in both Australia and overseas since 2007. She has a strong commitment to empowering students to be the leaders of tomorrow and a belief that all young people can make a difference to their own lives. During her time as a classroom teacher, Rachel worked predominately with disengaged and at-risk students and was instrumental in designing and implementing an alternative education program for disengaged students in the UK. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Education from Griffith University.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
I have seen first-hand the impact we have on young people. It is an awesome thing to experience when you see a young person feel empowered to step up and create the change they want to see in the world!

Paul Kelsey
Global Chief Operating Officer

Paul Kelsey was the inaugural CEO for High Resolves for ten years in Australia and is now the Global Chief Operating Officer. Prior to High Resolves, Paul was in various senior management positions in financial services for over 20 years.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
I am passionate about High Resolves more than ever now because I have three teenage children, and I see first-hand how difficult it is for young teenagers to develop a genuine sense of empathy for global issues and to feel empowered to make a difference.

Chantelle Kohn
National Program Director Canada, Head of Curriculum North America

Chantelle’s career as an educator and facilitator dedicated to unleashing humanity’s ability to create a better world has taken place in Australia, the U.K, India, Cambodia, America and Canada, where she is currently based. Chantelle has held various roles within High Resolves, beginning first as a Program Manager in Brisbane and now heading up the organization in Toronto and overseeing the curriculum for the expansion into North America. She has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (Secondary) from the University of Queensland and is currently completing a Masters’ in International and Community Development from Deakin University.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
It is through education that we can transform the way we see ourselves, the world and our role within it. High Resolves provides the opportunity to develop the knowledge, attitudes, values and skills we need to move towards a more inclusive and equitable society.

Lee Martin
Global Manager Quality Assurance and Training; Head of Curriculum, Australia

Lee has worked at High Resolves since 2010, working in a variety of roles including face-to-face delivery of content to young people and teachers, developing curriculum, and quality assurance and training. He holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Sheffield and a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in History and Politics from the University of Warwick. Lee worked as a high school history teacher in socially diverse areas of the U.K. and took on the roles of form tutor, Head of Year and Head of Department. In May 2009, government inspectors reported that the history department and its management were “outstanding”.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
I have always believed that education is the most effective way of overcoming some of the problems that the world faces today. High Resolves offers me that opportunity by working with young people to develop the confidence, motivation and skills to make our world a better place.

Steve Moore
National Program Director, Australia

While working in some of India’s poorest communities, Steve was struck by the power of education to create social change. Upon returning to Australia he resolved to help equip young people with the skills to positively change the world around them. Working as a science teacher in Sydney’s high schools, Steve saw the need for new educational experiences that developed students as active participants in society, leading to him organizing and running leadership programs in low socio-economic status schools. Joining the High Resolves team enabled Steve to unite his management experience in the for-profit sector with his passion for social change through education. Steve holds a Master of Science from the University of Bristol, and a Graduate Diploma in Education from Macquarie University and Master of Business Administration from Kaplan University.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
I have the opportunity to work with a group of individuals who are incredibly determined to make the world a better place.

Justin O’Hare
Chief Financial Officer

Justin is a father of two daughters in their twenties and has been an accountant for over 20 years working in senior roles for multinational organizations in Contract Services, Hospitality, Jewellery, Computer Equipment and Dental Equipment industries. These companies have included Delaware North, Compass Group and Dentsply Sirona. Justin has a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) Degree in Hospitality Management from Angela University, majoring in Finance and Marketing with his dissertation on the treatment of people with minority diets by the hospitality industry, a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the University of Technology Sydney and a Global Executive Master of Business Administration (GEMBA) from University of Technology Sydney.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
High Resolves helps to engage young people and teaches them how to speak up about issues that they care about and become active citizens with empowering skills and opportunity. These young people now have a voice and can be heard loud and clear through programs like Videos for Change.

Roxy Pirnia
National Program Director, USA

Roxy is extremely passionate about education reform and equity, particularly in the United States. Upon graduation from university, Roxy joined High Resolves as an intern, analyzing student work and reporting on program outcomes. After her internship, Roxy returned to the United States to continue pursuing her passion of working with youth. She worked as both a Corps Member and Team Leader with City Year in Boston, and subsequently as a Program Manager with Boston Scholar Athletes. Through her various roles, Roxy has continuously seen the importance of providing the space, resources, and skills for young people to build the social emotional capacities that are often not explicitly taught in school settings. Roxy is excited to again join the High Resolves team, and to build the bridge to the United States. She holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego, and a Masters’ Degree in Education Policy and Management from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
My passion for this work stems from my own experiences in education. Prior to college, my education was mostly academic, lacking much application to life beyond the classroom. It was not until my time at the University of California, San Diego that I began to think critically about the world around me – about my own identity, about how I fit into the world, and what type of world I wanted to see. I am passionate about the work we are doing at High Resolves because it provides young people with the opportunity that I did not have, the opportunity to begin this journey earlier on and to better understand my role as a global citizen.