A venture capital entrepreneur and author, Mehrdad Baghai has created a hands-on educational initiative to teach high school students about leadership, resolving conflicts, justice, and becoming purposeful global citizens.
To date, the Initiative has engaged over 5,000 students and is still expanding.
Mehrdad Baghai is Managing Director of Alchemy Growth Partners, a boutique advisory and venture firm in Sydney, Australia. He is co-author of The Alchemy of Growth, an international best-seller that has been published in ten languages.
Prior to Alchemy Growth Partners, Mehrdad completed a three-year term in the public sector as an Executive Director with the CSIRO, Australiaâ€™s national science icon, where he had overarching responsibility for growth.
Previously, he was a partner in the Sydney and Toronto offices of McKinsey and Company and co-leader of the Firmâ€™s worldwide Growth Practice. He served clients in the technology, media and financial services sectors and specialised in strategies for turbulent environments.
As an attorney, he has been called to the state bar in New York and Massachusetts and has worked with both Coudert Brothers in New York and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan in Los Angeles.
Mehrdad is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He is the founder of the High Resolves Initiative, a community service project aimed at injecting principles of global citizenship into the high school educational experience.
He is an active member of the Bahaâ€™i community. Mehrdad's prior public sector experience includes an economist role with the World Bank where he helped to negotiate a structural adjustment loan for Morocco. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Unicef Australia.
Mehrdad received a B.S.E. with highest honours in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University. He continued his education in public policy at Harvard where he completed an M.P.P. as a Kennedy Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government and a J.D. with high honours from Harvard Law School.