Mehrdad is the Chairman of Alchemy Growth, a boutique strategy advisory firm advising large companies on their growth strategies. He specializes in disruptive strategy and designing organization architectures for rapid growth. He is an active investor in both the technology and private equity space collaborating with other institutions like the Macquarie Group.
Mehrdad is a frequent lecturer on management theory especially in the growth strategy domain. He is co-author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller As One as well as international bestsellers The Alchemy of Growth and Granularity. He was a partner at McKinsey & Company where he co-led the worldwide Growth Practice.
Mehrdad served a three-year term as an Executive Director of CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, with overarching responsibility for growth, investment and commercialization, where he spun out dozens of new technology companies.
Mehrdad received a B.S.E. with highest honors from Princeton, an M.P.P. as a Kennedy Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a J.D. with high honors at Harvard Law School. Mehrdad is a Crown Fellow and winner of the John P. McNulty Prize at the Aspen Institute.
In 2017, Mehrdad reduced his business interests to take over as Global CEO of High Resolves, a social venture which he co-founded with his wife Roya in 2005.
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High Resolves is a leader in the design and delivery of transformational learning experiences on citizenship and leadership. Since the organization's inception in 2005, its programme has engaged 200,000 high school students in Australia and is growing on a fully self-funding basis. High Resolves has expanded offshore to the US thanks to the financial support of Omidyar Network and the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust and has begun further expansion into China and Canada, with new partnerships also forming in Brazil and Africa. High Resolves is also in the process of developing an innovative measurement approach for citizenship competencies called the Citizenship Quotient.