Our Queensland Team

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!

Carrie Silver
Program Manager, Queensland

Growing up in one of Canada’s largest and most diverse cities, Carrie developed a great curiosity about the cultures that surrounded her, which led her to study world religions, modern history and population geography and make the brave leap to move to Australia in her late teens. She has taught history, geography and social and community studies in Queensland classrooms, and holds a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching from the University of New England.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
At High Resolves I have the privilege of connecting with young people and finding out what they are passionate about. Every day brings a new story from amazing young people who inspire me, and I’m excited to see what this generation will do to make the 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.

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!

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.

Roya Baghai

Roya is the Co-Founder of High Resolves and Executive Director of Videos for Change. She 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.

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.

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Our history

Following the successful expansion of High Resolves into Victoria, we established a hub in Brisbane in 2011.

We work with a range of schools from across the different sectors and tailor our program to meet the specific needs of each.

The Queensland hub is dedicated and passionate about providing Queensland students with the knowledge and skills to be effective and purposeful global citizens and leaders. Since our inception, over 35,000 young people in Queensland have participated in the High Resolves program.

Upcoming Events

Ed Summit 2018: Resolve to Lead

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.

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Videos for Change 2018

Young people want to make a difference, but often don’t know where to begin. Videos for Change is a powerful opportunity to get involved, get creative and be heard.

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 $12,000!

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The Future of Global Citizenship Education: New Approaches
Brisbane CBD – Monday, 16 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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Leadership Education: Building Students’ Capacity to Lead Brisbane CBD – Wednesday, 18 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 Brisbane CBD – Friday, 20 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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Videos for Change: Creating Compelling Videos for Positive Social Change Brisbane CBD – Friday, 27 July 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 $12,000!

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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Professional Development Network (PDN) Conference
Thursday & Friday, 2 & 3 August 2018
Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast

Young people will inherit a world vastly different to the one we know today. As educators, we are responsible for equipping young people with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they will need to thrive in this new terrain. The question is: how do we do this? What are the proven practices and interventions that ensure our students develop into well-rounded, active citizens?

Join High Resolves co-founder Mehrdad Baghai as he shares his journey so far to develop a measurement tool which he calls “Citizenship Quotient” or “CQ”. Similar to the original IQ for intelligence, and EQ for emotional intelligence, CQ is a way of measuring the set of knowledge, skills, attitudes, values, and behaviours that will enable young people to thrive in the 21st Century and act together in the long-term interest of humanity.

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Geography Teachers’ Association of Victoria (GTAV) Annual Conference
Monday, 27 August 2018

High Resolves will be presenting at this year’s Geography Teachers’ Association of Victoria (GTAV) Annual Conference. The theme is Geography: Critical Creative Innovative, and we will be presenting on Videos for Change.

Videos for Change 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. This national challenge is designed to help young people develop confidence and practice effective communication, teamwork, collaboration, and organisational skills, and is aligned with the National Curriculum General Capabilities. Join us to find out more about how to implement Videos for Change at your school.

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Our work

Case Study: Centenary State High School

Centenary State High School has been a part of the High Resolves family since 2013 and we are very lucky to work with full cohorts in Years 7 – 10. Over the years Centenary has incorporated all aspects of the High Resolves program and are truly committed to creating students who are effective and purposeful global citizens and leaders.

High Resolves delivers immersive face-to-face workshops for students and on- and off-site professional development for their teachers. We also supply Centenary with additional classroom resources and support teachers to run project-based, student-led Social Action Projects. Centenary’s Year 10 media students participate in our annual Videos for Change challenge which allows them a real life application of the skills they have learnt throughout the program.

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