Kylie Porter is the Executive Director of the Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA); the Australian Local Network of the United Nations (UN) Global Compact. As a sustainability expert and business leader, holding particular expertise in delivering responsible business and corporate responsibility strategies, guiding businesses on reputation risk management for environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and policy development and implementation across thematic areas such as climate change, modern slavery, human rights and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
As the Executive Director, Kylie leads a team of experts across the fields of business and human rights, the transition to net zero, the SDGs and bribery prevention. During her tenure, membership of the GCNA has almost doubled and over A$1million of grants and associated funding has been awarded to the organisation. Prior to joining the GCNA, Kylie’s worked in the financial services, professional services and international development sectors in Australia, the UK and Singapore which included expatriate work in Nigeria, Switzerland, France and South Africa. Kylie’s last position was with National Australia Bank’s (NAB) Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Financial Services Industry team where she held particular responsibility for engagement with consumer advocacy groups.
Kylie is a member of the Australian Government’s Modern Slavery Expert Advisory Group, the Cross-Sector International Partnerships Initiative’s (XSPI) Advisory Group and the alternate-Chair for the UN Global Compact’s Regional Network Council (Asia-Oceania). Kylie was previously a member of the Australian National Contact Point’s (AusNCP) Governance and Advisory Board and the Climate Principles including Chair of the Project Finance and Corporate Banking Working Group. She was also a director of the Council for Single Women and their Children from 2017 to 2019.
Kylie holds a Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Arts and a Masters’ degree in Social Science majoring in International Development. Kylie is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Company Director’s Course.
Corinne is a climate change and sustainability professional with over ten years’ experience working globally across the corporate, development and social sectors.
She is a trusted adviser, effective communicator and has managed a diverse set of climate change and sustainability related projects across Europe, Africa and the Asia Pacific region.
Prior to joining the Global Compact Network Australia, Corinne worked for Save the Children Australia where she developed, implemented, monitored and evaluated education, health, child protection and climate change adaptation projects and strategies across the Pacific, South and Southeast Asia. She worked with a diverse set of institutions, communities and government Departments on the delivery of multi-million dollar/multi-year development projects.
Corinne also worked for the International Institute for Environment and Development in the UK where she gained extensive experience managing complex multi-stakeholder projects, building out the climate change and security research stream and supporting governments across Africa and Asia develop climate change related policies.
Corinne holds a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science (International Security and Global Governance) and completed a Corporate Sustainability course at New York University Stern Business School.
executive assistant and operations manager
Evangeline is a business operations professional, experienced in operating organisations towards excellence.
For over two decades Evangeline has worked on an international scale, dealing with best-in-class stakeholders across diverse cultural, legal, and political landscapes. She has grown business in APAC, The Americas, Middle East, Europe, and North Africa.
Evangeline’s expertise lies specifically in reaching business goals by balancing growth and operational efficiency, and the building of strong and resilient teams. Her approach is results-driven, using a combination of data analysis and collaborative teamwork.
She thrives in rapidly transforming environments which demand elite performance, strategic planning, and smart stakeholder management.
Evangeline believes that successful leadership is underpinned by high standards of passion and purpose, where teams at all levels are included and inspired.
Evangeline holds a Bachelor of Economics with a major in Political Science.
Stakeholder engagement manager
Greta is a Business Development and Relationship Management professional with over 15 years’ experience in sales, account management, product development and project management in the environmental sector (national not-for-profit, international for-profit).
Greta creates business value by understanding corporate strategies and aligning those with impactful sustainability narratives and outcomes. She focuses on driving positive change and retention by deep and long-term engagement with companies rather than short-term transactions.
Before joining the Global Compact Network Australia, Greta worked as the Senior Business and Innovation Manager at environmental not-for-profit Greenfleet where she developed globally innovative products and significantly increased supporters from across the corporate sector.
Previously, she worked in the global environmental certification space with international clients, managing the accounts of hotel groups and other tourism businesses to meet international sustainability standards. In 2011, she opened EarthCheck’s first satellite office in Melbourne.
Greta has a double master’s degree in social science (Germany) and various training qualifications.
MARKETING and Communications MANAGER
Emilia is an experienced marketing and communications professional with specialised expertise in event management. With a background as a qualified lawyer, Emilia is passionate about the law, international development, and human rights, and enjoys working with all levels of business.
For ten years, Emilia worked in the legal sector, including in private practice, not-for-profit and legal aid. She has extensive experience in project management and relationship management. Prior to working in the legal sector, she worked at major events including the Australian Open and Wimbledon. Most recently, she managed the national events and sponsorship portfolio in a mid-tier commercial law firm.
Emilia is a trusted advisor, communicator, and event manager. She is passionate about creating experiences, elevating voices, and sharing stories through clear communication.
Emilia speaks German and Spanish. She enjoys live music, playing soccer with the Trojans, and Latin dancing.
Emilia holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Laws from Monash University, and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law. She also holds a Future Skills Accreditation in Digital Marketing Strategy from RMIT University.
Dr Nia Emmanouil
Nia is a sustainability and legal expert with twenty years of experience working in education and development sectors.
She is a highly skilled researcher and facilitator with a comprehensive knowledge of international and domestic anti-bribery and corruption legal frameworks that guide evolving obligations for Australian companies.
Nia’s capacity to engage diverse stakeholders has enabled her to build partnerships between sectors that generate positive impacts for communities, business and the environment. Since completing her PhD in 2016, which focused on reconciliation and land justice, Nia has promoted respectful and transformative dialogue between First Peoples, business, civil society organisations and institutions.
Before joining the Global Compact Network Australia, Nia was a lecturer at RMIT University, Southern Cross University and Charles Darwin University, teaching in the areas of environmental policy and Indigenous knowledges. Her recent research has focused on anti-bribery and corruption legislative reforms, business and human rights, climate change litigation, social license and rights of nature.
Nia has also worked in a diversity of roles to initiate and deliver cultural awareness and just-transition projects.
Nia holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Environment), Graduate Diploma of Education (Humanities), Doctor of Philosophy (Indigenous Knowledges) and is completing a Juris Doctor at RMIT University.
Coordinator, environment and climate change
Sarah is a sustainability and climate change professional, with expertise in developing corporate sustainability strategies and delivering climate change initiatives. With experience in the Australian corporate sector, Sarah is passionate about supporting business in the transition to net zero.
Prior to joining the Global Compact Network Australia, Sarah worked for Aurizon where she led the development and delivery of sustainability disclosure and initiatives. Sarah has worked with a diverse range of stakeholders to support strategy development and implement climate change adaptation, resilience and communication programs. She also has extensive experience with global sustainability reporting frameworks including the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).
Sarah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management (Business Economics) from the University of Queensland, and is currently completing a Master’s degree in Sustainability and Climate Policy at Curtin University.
Outside work, Sarah enjoys travel, art and film.
Nick is a legal and sustainability professional with broad experience in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors.
Before joining the Global Compact Network Australia, Nick was a lawyer at Corrs Chambers Westgarth where he advised companies in the energy and resources sector on a range of matters across Australia and Papua New Guinea. As well as expertise in the energy and resources industry, Nick has worked on high profile legal matters across the financial services, construction, healthcare and infrastructure sectors.
Previously, Nick worked in operations with the Australian Marine Conservation Society and maintains an active interest in marine and environmental policy.
Nick holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland which included study and research projects in the UK, Borneo and Ireland.
Coordinator, Events and Communications
Jessie is an event and communications coordinator with expertise in both the not-for-profit sector and within private organisations.
She is a qualified counsellor, specialising in child and family therapies and has worked for various organisations in Melbourne supporting community health services and culturally diverse communities. Her passion for creating rewarding experiences and raising awareness has led her to work for Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA).
Prior to joining GCNA, Jessie worked for Melbourne Health, Western Health, STAR Health Group, Food&Desire and the Australian Breastfeeding Association. She has facilitated various educational workshops and seminars for health professionals as well as launching the first migrant specific magazine for marginalised communities in Victoria.
Jessie holds a Diploma of Events Management, Bachelor of Applied Science (Psych), Graduate Diploma of Counselling and is currently completing her Graduate Certificate of Marketing.
Jessie speaks Mandarin and Cantonese and in her spare time, she is an avid scuba diver, cook and traveller.
Marketing Assistant and Designer
Audrey is a recent graduate from RMIT University, completing a Bachelor of Communications (Advertising), and has completed multiple electives related to both marketing and design.
As Marketing Assistant, Audrey has developed a keen interest in communicating the work of the Global Compact Network Australia toward audiences and creating an impact through social posts and assets.
Audrey is also an aspiring junior creative with a willingness to learn new skills and information in a wide variety of areas. She is adaptable and a hard-working team player who is exceedingly passionate about art direction and design.
She has won multiple shortlisted concepts for her ideas in Advertising and is well-rehearsed with the Creative Adobe Suite.
When she isn’t working, she enjoys photography, travelling, and cooking.