Our NSW Team

Donna Hutchison
CEO, Australian Region

With over 15 years of experience in design, strategy, corporate finance and transformation, Donna is a business leader who loves helping people solve complex problems. As CEO of High Resolves Australia, Donna is focused on growing the program to reach more than 50% of Australian teenagers over the next five years. 

I am passionate about High Resolves because…

We are changing the world, one young person at a time. By equipping a critical mass of young people with the skills required to solve complex problems and act in the long-term collective interest of humanity, I believe we can make a difference. 

Anna Howarth
Director, Strategic Programs & Business Development

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.

Hannah Morris
Program Director, New South Wales

Hannah’s passion is working to achieve social justice and the empowerment of young people through education. She has over five years of experience working in the intersection of the education, advocacy, social justice and not for profit management sectors. Hannah holds a Bachelor of International and Global Studies and Juris Doctor law degree from the University of Sydney, and a Master of Teaching from Deakin University. An alumnus of the Teach For Australia program, she spent three years teaching English and Humanities in Darwin where she loved engaging her students to think critically about global issues. Hannah’s previous work experiences include a volunteer legal placement with the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency, Board Director of UN Youth Australia, National Ambassador for education charity One Girl, and President of the University of Sydney Union.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…

I truly believe that the education of young people is the most important and powerful way we can invest in our future. Helping to create a generation of globally aware, values-driven, curious, and empathic young citizens and leaders is something that fires me up and gives me hope for our society and our world.

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 Dyer
Program Manager, New South Wales

Dan grew up in Southern California where regular trips to Mexico and South America opened his eyes to the disparities in wealth between communities around the world. To pursue his passion for social justice and help the poor, Dan got a degree in International Development from Seattle Pacific University where he learned about the globalised world and the ways in which it empowers some and creates hardship for so many others. He has worked for various non-profits that focussed on the development and empowerment of young people and is passionate about creative teaching methods that inspire young people to work for the greater good and help those that are in need around them. 

I am passionate about high resolves because…

To see young people learn something new and realise that they can have a positive impact on the world around them is so inspiring to me. I love being a part of an organisation that truly believes in the power of young people to create change on a local and global scale. 

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.

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.

Hans-Willem van Deursen
Operations Support

Hans’ educational background at UWC Atlantic College put him in touch with people from many different cultures, nationalities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. This experience instilled in him a passion for global and social justice, but also reinforced the belief that education has the power to bring people together in the pursuit of social change. After graduating with distinction from University College Utrecht in History, Anthropology, and International Relations and pursuing a Master’s degree in European Union Studies at Leiden University, Hans channeled his passion for global and social justice while working for two Members of the European Parliament. Now he brings his enthusiasm and passion to High Resolves, to help bring about a generation of empowered citizens who are ready to create positive, social change.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…

I believe in the transformative power of education. High Resolves equips our youth to meet the challenges of tomorrow by helping them find their passion and drive to make this world a better place. In my current role as Operations Support I can contribute to this by making everything run smoothly, evaluating business processes and looking for ways to make our programs even better.


Lee Martin
Director, Curriculum & Impact 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
Director, Program Office & Compliance

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, a Graduate Diploma in Education from Macquarie University, and a 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.

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!

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 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 the Executive Director of Videos for Change: a powerful platform that is amplifying the voice of young people who have creatively engaged with social issues and are catalysing 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.

Nikki Donald
Strategic Projects Manager

Nikki has 20 years of experience working in design and education – her two biggest passions. She has had her own graphic design practice and has worked as an in-house graphic designer for Optus Communications and the International School of Colour & Design. Nikki has education management experience as well as extensive classroom teaching and course and curriculum development. She has studied educational psychology and design in both Sydney and New York. She is a qualified ESL teacher, holds two Diplomas in Creative Arts & Design, a TAE in Workplace Training & Assessment and is currently in the final semester of a Bachelor of Creative Arts & Design at Charles Sturt University. Nikki’s design philosophy is to only create work that has a positive impact or shares a positive message with its audience.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
The young people of today inspire me with their courage, resilience and compassion. What motivates them to action are issues that are of deep importance to me I am excited to be part of an organisation that offers them a platform to support them spread their messages and empower them to make a positive change in the world.

Contact our NSW team today

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 2019

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.

For more information and to register your interest, please click below.


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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