Our NSW Team

Marlina Moussa
Program Director, NSW

During her time as an English teacher, Marlina’s passion to empower and inspire young people to be positive leaders in the community and globally saw her develop and implement new educational programs and initiatives that increased student involvement and engagement in understanding social issues. She participated in the Make Poverty History Campaign in NSW, which involved meeting with ministers at Parliament House on the issue of foreign aid. Her experiences in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East further fueled her desire to see students become global leaders and citizens who are motivated to make a positive difference, which led her to High Resolves. She completed a Bachelor of Secondary Teaching (Double English major) at the University of Technology Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature and History) at the University of Wollongong where she also undertook a 3-year leadership program, delivering a number of projects for social action, development and change in the University and community.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
What we do is for the greater good. Seeing that achieved by empowering young people to be global citizens is inspiring and exciting.

Daniel Adobaw
Program Manager, NSW

Dan has over 16 years’ experience working with youth in high schools and on community projects. He worked for five years as an English teacher in his home country, Ghana, where he was Head Teacher for the Department of English. He initiated a high school drama club to build students’ self-belief and teamwork skills as well as a discussion group on sexual health. He organized workshops for female victims of abuse and initiated ‘music for the soul’ to bring fun and music to children in orphanages and hospitals. He also volunteered for the West African AIDS Foundation as a facilitator of drama games and music for children affected by HIV/AIDS. Dan’s passion for educating and empowering young people brought him to High Resolves. After over five years of working with High Resolves, Dan continues to be excited about using curriculum to engage communities, schools and organizations to shape and improve culture. He holds a teaching certificate from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana and a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in theatre directing from the University of Ghana.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
of its commitment leading positive change through empowering people. It’s not about merely believing in change happening but in recognizing the need to believe in and strive to empower people to create the change!

Lauren Swift
Program Manager, NSW

Lauren’s passion for social justice was nurtured and fueled through her Bachelor of International and Global Studies from the University of Sydney. With several years of teaching experience in both high school and university classrooms, Lauren combines her love of teaching and facilitation with hands-on experience from the non-profit sector to bring enthusiasm and passion to her job every day.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
I am fueled by my passion for creating a fairer, more peaceful world, and my deeply held belief that the best way to do this is to raise a generation of young people who believe that this world is possible. I’m passionate about emboldening young people to reach their fullest potential in all aspects of life.

Hannah Grant
Program Manager, NSW

As a young person, Hannah became involved in youth-led social action programs. As she progressed from program participant to youth leader, her passion for social justice and youth empowerment was ignited. Hannah has an MA in Applied Theatre (Drama in Education and Community settings) from the Royal School of Speech and Drama, London, and has focused her career on working with young people to use creativity and informal learning for social impact. Hannah has worked predominantly with disengaged and at-risk young people with a career that spans the UK, Asia, Mexico and Australia. She was the Director of Socially-Engaged Programs at Shopfront Arts Co-op, Sydney, for 5 years, and is the founder of youth arts and global citizenship program Theatre:Connect.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
I believe strongly in the power of young people to make a difference in the world, and it’s incredible to be spending every day working with them to affirm them as young leaders to create social change.

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.

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.

Ursula Ramirez
Operations Support

Ursula is a policy analyst, interdisciplinary researcher and operations manager. She has over six years’ experience working in youth leadership and international educational organizations both in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Ursula’s work has taken her to Mexico, Turkey, Slovenia and most recently Australia. She recently completed her Master of International Law, Governance and Public Policy, which ignited an interest in the intersectionality between law, social justice and governance.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
It is a powerful means of developing the leadership potential and cross-cultural outlook of today’s youth. In my role as Operations Support, I’m able to evaluate our business processes, manage multiple projects, and continuously look for ways to make our programs even better!

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.

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.

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Our history

High Resolves was founded in Sydney, New South Wales in 2005, and it remains our global headquarters to this day.

The program was first piloted at International Grammar School, which was joined by James Ruse Agricultural High School, Sydney Boys High School, Hornsby Girls High School and Ryde Secondary College, forming the original portfolio of schools. Since that time nearly 100,000 young people across the state have been empowered to make a positive difference to their communities, and this is just the beginning!

Upcoming events & news

Videos for Change 2018

Give your students a platform to create and be heard!

Give your students the opportunity to lead social change and develop valuable global competencies through the High Resolves national Videos for Change challenge. Students from Years 7-12 are challenged to submit a one-minute video on a social issue they feel passionate about, with the chance to be featured on Network TEN’s The Project and win a share of prizes worth over $10,000!

Entries officially open in July, but we will be announcing some exciting additions and prizes for this year’s competition, so be sure to register and be the first to hear the news, to get more information, or to get started early.

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The Future of Global Citizenship Education: New Approaches Sydney CBD – Tuesday, 24 July 2018

How can you foster a global citizenship mindset in your students? Learn about critical learning outcomes in global competencies such as intercultural understanding and critical thinking.

This workshop will share key insights on the future of global leadership education, including example strategies for achieving personal and social capabilities in the areas of:

Collective Identity
Independent Thinking
Social Justice
Digital Citizenship

All participants will be provided a set of high quality, practical teaching resources for use in the classroom. For more information and to register, please click below.

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Videos for Change: Creating Compelling Videos for Positive Social Change Sydney CBD – Friday, 3 August 2018

High Resolve’s national Videos for Change challenge is a powerful opportunity for your students to create and be heard while leading social change. Students from Years 7-12 are challenged to submit a one-minute video on a social issue they feel passionate about, with the chance to be featured on Network TEN’s The Project and receive a share of prizes worth over $10,000!

This workshop will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and practical resources to help students create compelling videos that can raise awareness of a social issue that matters to them. Please note this is not a technical filmmaking workshop; rather, it is designed to assist you to enable your students to create a powerful video narrative.

All participants will be provided a set of high quality, practical teaching resources for use in the classroom. For more information and to register, please click below.

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Leadership Education: Building Students’ Capacity to Lead Sydney CBD – Friday, 27 July 2018

What skills do your students need to be leaders in the 21st century? Conflict resolution, effective collaboration, and leading others in collective action are just some of the critical competencies covered in this workshop.

This workshop will share key insights on the future of global leadership education, including example strategies for achieving personal and social capabilities in the areas of:

Personal Impact
Collective Action
Effective Collaboration
Conflict Resolution

All participants will be provided a set of high quality, practical teaching resources for use in the classroom. For more information and to register, please click below.

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Project Based Learning: Developing Leadership Skills through Social Action Projects Sydey CBD – Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Do you want to create a unique leadership opportunity for students? Gain a framework and practical resources to facilitate student-led social action projects.

This workshop will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and practical resources to facilitate student-led social action projects. We have facilitated hundreds of student-led projects, and we will share our model to help develop students into the leaders of tomorrow.

All participants will be provided a set of high quality, practical teaching resources for use in the classroom. For more information and to register, please click below.

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Education Summit 2018: Resolve to Lead – Thursday, 9 August 2018 in Sydney, NSW

High Resolves and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) are excited to announce a new full-day event for education leaders, Ed Summit 2018: Resolve to Lead, which will be held at UTS on Thursday, 9 August.

Ed Summit will focus on one of the most important educational challenges of our time: how do we act now to develop 21st-century skills in Australian schools to ensure our students will thrive in a globalised world? Our vision is ambitious: Let’s reshape education in Australia.

Attendees of Ed Summit will walk away with:

A Global Perspective: Expand networks, meet partners, and learn from educators, thought leaders, and innovators from around the world. With speakers from Rwanda, Singapore, China, Canada, America, and Brazil, learn from real-life case studies and engage in discussions with colleagues about how education is changing globally.

Innovative Solutions: Learn from some of the world’s foremost educational practitioners about the challenges they have faced and how they overcame them. Be inspired by groundbreaking, innovative, and practical solutions that you can implement immediately in your own school.

An Action Plan for Change: Inform your own personal action plan with ideas from around the world and the experiences of your peers. Use a set of proven and powerful tools and approaches to equip your students to thrive, not just survive, in the 21st century.

For more information and to register, please click below.

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Our work

Case study: North Sydney Girls High

North Sydney Girls High School is a long-standing High Resolves partner that meaningfully incorporates the program into the school’s culture. The school values the way immersive experiences coupled with real world application projects equips students with important global competencies and skills they will need in the real world. Students are particularly enthusiastic about High Resolves’ Videos for Change challenge, which provides students with the opportunity to share their voice, collaborate in teams, and build their confidence that they can make the world a better place. To learn more about our work with North Sydney Girls, read testimonials from the school below.

The programs offered by High Resolves give immediacy to our role in developing ethical and aware future citizens. Over many years, I have seen students make a connection between our stated values and the world in which they live. The quality of the programs, the high calibre of the presenters and the responsiveness to student interest has ensured the place of High Resolves in our broader school curriculum. Through participation in the different modules, students have grown in their awareness and confidence to advocate for causes for which they feel impassioned. These may be local, national or global with the common thread being student empowerment. The development self-efficacy, collective student voice and practical application of social justice principles are reflected in the popularity of the program with students, staff and parents. High Resolves is an excellent example of how we fulfil our responsibilities as educators and adults helping future generations improve the world step by step. I commend the program to all schools.

David Tomlin Principal,
North Sydney Girls High

The facilitators are vibrant and engaging and encourage the student’s passion for global issues. Especially for the students who are usually hesitant to speak up, the welcoming environment created in the sessions allows students to find the courage to offer an opinion or volunteer to get involved in an activity.

Gayle Parnaby Head of P.E,
North Sydney Girls High

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