Our Queensland 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. 

Alex Clarke
Program Director, Queensland

Alex has a strong drive for creating innovative pathways for young people. Alex graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Theatre in 2014 and Founded Queensland’s top Youth Lead Production Company in 2016 with annual events at Brisbane Powerhouse, Queensland Performing Arts Centre and a long-term Partnership with Brisbane City Council.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
I thrive from inspiring and being inspired by young people. The ability to inform, grow and collectively put actions to our words is what motivates my day.  

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!

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.

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.

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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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