Our Brazil Team

Camila Mendonça de Barros
CEO, Viven (Brazil)

Based in Brazil, Camila is passionate about education. She has focused her professional career in Social and Educational Policies implementation, especially at the public sector, whenshe worked at the State Secretariat of Education in São Paulo and as a Social Cash Transfer Management Director. She holds her PhD Fundação Getúlio Vargas, internship at Stanford University as Lemann Center Fellow as well. Her Master is in Social Public Policies and her Bachelor in Economics Science, both of them at State University of Campinas (UNICAMP).

I am passionate about High Resolves because…

I am passionate about High Resolves because the development of our youth’s social skills is better way to prepare then to handle with the contemporary society challenges and to promote the social changes needed for a more just society.

Luiza Sassi
Program Manager, Viven (Brazil)

Luiza graduated with a BA in social science by Unicamp and have been working with not formal education and mediation focused on citizen formation, that struggle for their housing. Before that she worked as a teacher in the state public school with participatory methodologies.

I am passionate about Viven because…

of the way Viven answer to schools and organizations demand of developing the social skills that the youth needs. In Brazil there is a big possibility to innovate and go beyond of the collective resources, and with our work we our can motivate the new generation in this path.

Eduardo Wurzmann
Board member

Eduardo is the co-founder of Grupo Ibmec Educacional S.A, one of the most prestigious post-secondary education institutions in Brazil, with annual revenues of $70 million. Ibmec was sold to DeVry in 2015. Eduardo was Ibmec’s CEO for 11 years. Prior to that he was Managing Director of Unext.com in Sao Paulo, one of the largest and leading e-learning companies.

Lina Wurzmann
Founding Family, Brazil

Lina has a degree in business administration, yet has worked as an artist making sculptures for more than 12 years. In 2011, Lina co-founded PARTE Feira de Arte Contemporânea, an art show that has the purpose to show up and coming new artists and to be the bridge between new art lovers and the art world. Lina also co-founded Viven – Cidadãos para um amanhã melhor in 2019 with her husband because she is a believer in the fundamental ideas of High Resolves and is engaged in making changes in the Brazilian education system.

I am passionate about High Resolves because
Empowering youth to face the challenges of an ever more complicated world on matters like racism, prejudice, bias and more, help me to believe in a better world for the future.

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.

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.

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.

Leena Munjal
Global Systems Administrator

Leena strongly believes that empowering youth with the right education and a deep understanding of social responsibilities will bring a positive change in the society. She has over a decade of experience working with IT applications in different operational roles. Leena completed an MBA in IT & Systems from India and Advanced Diploma of Management from TAFE NSW. She is also a certified Salesforce Administrator.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
It’s a pride to be involved with an organisation that is working towards the mission of creating a just, equitable and inclusive world. I’m excited to be a part of a diverse team with a common vision of creating global citizens and leaders.

Luiz Sztutman
Project Supervisor

Luiz has a Bachelor Degree in Communication, working with Audiovisual Culture Arts Theatre since 1998. Luiz has also worked with the third sector on prevention of STD-HIV/AIDS.
I am passionate about High Resolves because
it gives the power and voice to youth and students to advocate for social causes. That’s what I think is the right path to build a better world for the futures generations.
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Our history

High Resolves Brazil was established in early 2019 with the tireless assistance from Eduardo and Lina Wurzmann.

The expansion of High Resolves into Brazil is being championed by our Founding Family for Brazil, Eduardo and Lina Wurzmann. We are in active conversations with a large education player about a distribution partnership to adapt and localize the High Resolves curriculum into the Brazilian context. We are also exploring the potential for the launch of a national Videos for Change program.

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