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 the 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.
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, Events and Communications
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 the last ten years, Emilia has 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. She also holds a Future Skills Accreditation in Digital Marketing Strategy from RMIT.
junior coordinator, programmes
Grace is an undergraduate student at Monash University, completing a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts, with a major in History and minor in Anthropology.
Grace harnesses her background in legal research to advance the work of the GCNA.
Previously, Grace worked in a variety of roles which instilled within her a multidisciplinary approach to responsible business. For over two years, she worked as a legal research assistant at Justitia, a boutique workplace law firm. Grace also worked as clinical intern with the Monash Start-up and Innovation Law Clinic where she assisted entrepreneurial clients to progress their early-stage ventures. Grace has worked in finance, education and hospitality, which cultivated her strengths in communication, critical thinking and collaboration.
Grace is passionate about human rights and volunteers as a paralegal with Refugee Legal. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, art and travelling.