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Global Executive 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 & Chief Creative Officer

Roya has a graduate degree in architecture but has also worked in many other experiential design fields. Throughout all her work, she has been passionate about creating transformative experiences that have personal or social impact. 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. She is also the Founder of Videos for Change: a powerful global platform that is enabling and amplifying the voice of young people to creatively engage with social issues and catalyse 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.

Ana Addobbati
CEO, Viven

Ana Addobbati is the CEO of Viven – Cidadãos para um amanhã melhor, in Brazil. She began her career in 2005 as a reporter of Human Rights, migrating in 2008 to the Corporate world, having worked for Natura Co., where one of her missions was coordinating the main Corporate Social Responsibility program, which raises funds for supporting Public Education. In 2017, she co-founded Women Friendly, an initiative that uses education for fighting against sexual harassment inside organizations, having impacted 120k people in Brazil. Since then, she has been involved in several feminist campaigns, having been invited to be part of Civicus Alliance for the Civil Society, where she is one of the members in the Board of Directors, having integrated task forces for promoting Diversity and inclusion inside organizations and innovation on the funding process for social organizations. Before Viven, she was the executive director at Social Good Brasil, having expanded the programs throughout different regions in Brazil, fundraising more than BRL 1,3 million.   As an enthusiast of innovation for supporting Human Rights, she is one of the ambassadors of the Human Rights Measurement Initiative, which collects data to demonstrate the human rights situation around the globe. She also holds a Master Executive Degree in Communication and Digital Marketing at IE Business School, Madrid, Spain.

I am passionate about Viven because…

as someone who has been an activist against racism and gender violence and constantly speaking to adults, I clearly see how it is urgent to have a generation where empathy and inclusion are two key thematics to be present in the conversation with our youth, foremost, in a global world where bridges must exist. I am confident that Viven and High Resolves address this urgency in the most proper methodology.

Josh Densen
CEO, North America

Josh Densen is the CEO, High Resolves North America. Josh began his career as a Teach for America Corps Member in Oakland, California in 2000. He relocated to New Orleans to open and lead the local office of The Achievement Network in 2009, a position he held for two years before starting to work on Bricolage, which opened in 2013. Bricolage Academy is a New Orleans charter school with the mission of advancing educational equity and creating innovators who change the world. Josh received his BA from Washington University in St. Louis and his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

I am passionate about working at High Resolves because… 

I am inspired by how our world might be different when a generation of young people feel empowered to make a positive difference.  Our world’s biggest challenges have both individual and collective elements – High Resolves addresses both

Anna Howarth
Director, Customer Relationships & Delivery

Anna is a community engagement professional, who worked for Microsoft for 14 years, most recently supporting youth and community outcomes, in the position of Microsoft Philanthropies Manager. Prior to this role, Anna was Microsoft Australia’s chief customer advocate in the position of Customer Experience Director. She also led Employee Communications functions across Microsoft, Optus and the Commonwealth Bank.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…

I am a passionate advocate for supporting Australian youth and I am excited to personally be involved in an organisation that embraces diversity and works with young people to develop inclusive behaviours in our leaders of tomorrow.

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.

Susan Rivers
Chief Learning Officer

Susan Rivers, PhD, is Executive Director and Chief Scientist of iThrive Games Foundation. With her team and partners, Susan designs responsive environments and experiences for teens that facilitate deep learning about themselves, society, and the world. Susan is a social psychologist and expert in social and emotional learning and emotional intelligence. She earned her doctorate at Yale University and also served on the research faculty in the psychology department. Her work has been funded by foundations and federal agencies including the William T. Grant Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Education Sciences, the Novo Foundation, the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust, and the Air Force Research Laboratories. Susan is founding Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Games, Self, and Society, and is proud to be a Large-Scale Social Change Leadership Fellow with Billions Institute. She lives near Boston, Massachusetts where she plays and designs games with her husband and three children.

Susan is at iThrive because she passionately believes that games, game design, and play are powerful tools for learning, forging connections with others, supporting authentic social and emotional development, and making the world a better place for all humans.