Our Melbourne Team

Neela Haryani
Program Director, Victoria

Neela has spent over six years working in pursuit of positive social change, across fields as diverse as communications, education, aid and development and public health. She cut her teeth at Oaktree, Australia’s largest youth-led organisation, where she ultimately served as Head of Communications. Here, Neela played a pivotal role in major national campaigns, including Make Poverty History and Live Below the Line.

Neela is an alumni of the Teach for Australia program, and holds Master of Teaching from Deakin University.  She has taught English, Literature, Humanities and Business Management in both regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne.

Neela’s early passion for social justice stemmed from yearly trips to India, and her own family’s experience of being locked out of the education system. She believes deeply that education is key to a life of agency and empowerment, and that all young people have an infinite capacity create change for the greater good.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…

I am convinced that by investing in young people now, we will see our global society transform. Led by a new generation of citizens, we can build the kind of world we all desperately need – one that is more just, free and compassionate.

Tom Marks
Program Manager, Victoria

Having worked in developing rural communities in South America and South Africa, Tom has developed a passion for global and social issues. He has worked with children of all ages from kindergarten through to grade 12, both in Victoria and abroad. He also implemented physical education and social programs in the Cayman Islands where he taught at a private special education needs school. Tom is an enthusiastic educator and passionate about motivating and inspiring youth to be positive and morally responsible global citizens. Tom holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science and a Diploma in Education from La Trobe University.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
I am so inspired by the passion and resolve of young people to make positive social change, and love being a part of them growing and sharing their ideas!

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. 

Cindy Louey
Executive Assistant to the CEO, Australia

With extensive teaching experience across primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education in Victoria, Australia, and Missouri, USA, Cindy achieved a Masters degree in Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Cindy is passionate about the transformative power of the performing arts and education. A classically trained musician and educator, Cindy is committed to improving access, participation and inclusion for students, with an emphasis on supporting children and young people with special needs.  Cindy held leadership roles in Victorian Catholic and independent schools and transitioned from the classroom to industry roles at Federation Square, Melbourne Recital Centre and Arts Centre Melbourne.  Cindy commenced her teaching career in Victorian government schools and recently returned to the Department of Education and Training (DET) to work in the delivery of teacher professional learning.  Cindy also participated by invitation in the DET Music Education Expert Reference Group in response to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the extent, benefits and potential of music education in Victorian schools.


I am passionate about High Resolves because …

As a first generation Asian-Australian and having experienced many degrees of racism, I’m motivated to see increased tolerance, compassion, empathy and genuine respect for cultural diversity in our society. Citizenship education is a powerful tool to empower young people to drive effective social change.

Contact our Melbourne team

Our history

After four years of steady growth in New
South Wales, High Resolves launched in
Melbourne in 2009.

To date, we have empowered more than 58,000 young Victorians to act as purposeful global citizens, and to lead their communities, and the world, to a brighter future. High Resolves currently partners with over 40 government, independent, and Catholic schools across metropolitan Melbourne, and we are about to embark on a new journey into regional and rural Victoria.

Upcoming Events

Videos for Change 2019

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 win a share of prizes worth over $12,000!

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.

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


Our work

Case Study: Dandenong High School

Dandenong High School has been an important High Resolves partner for four years. We began working with Year 9 students back in 2015, and that initial program was so successful that we expanded into Year 8. For the past three years, we have consistently received funding from the Department of Premier and Cabinet for programs to empower Dandenong High School students to promote social cohesion, both offline and online. We have also worked with teachers at the school to help them better understand how to positively influence mindsets and attitudes of teenagers. Dandenong High School has reported that the High Resolves program has been invaluable. One student stated, “We feel more comfortable about helping others online because we are better educated about it now. We know what to do if something wrong is happening to us or other people. We also feel more confident in making the online world a better place.”



Follow us