EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, UN GLOBAL COMPACT NETWORK AUSTRALIA
CHAIR, REGIONAL NETWORK COUNCIL, ASIA-OCEANIA
CO-CHAIR, GLOBAL NETWORK COUNCIL, UN GLOBAL COMPACT
BOARD MEMBER, UN GLOBAL COMPACT
Kylie Porter is the Executive Director of the UN Global Compact Network Australia (UNGCNA); the Australian Local Network of the United Nations (UN) Global Compact. She is also a board member of the UN Global Compact and holds the positions of Co-Chair of the UN Global Compact’s Global Network Council and Chair of the Regional National Council for the Asia Oceania region.
Kylie is an experienced and well-regarded sustainability leader with 20 years’ of experience in the corporate and international development sectors. She holds expertise in advising and managing environmental, social and governance (ESG) reputation risk for business and leading on and integrating responsible business initiatives into company strategies and operations. This includes initiatives associated with decarbonisation, the just transition, the application of human rights standards and frameworks including modern slavery, and the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
As Executive Director, Kylie leads a team of experts across the fields of business and human rights, climate change, anti-bribery and corruption and sustainable development. During her tenure, participation in, and grant funding for, the UNGCNA has more than doubled, with the organisation growing from a team of one to a team of ten within three years. Prior to joining the UNGCNA, Kylie worked in the financial services sector for National Australia Bank (NAB), ANZ Banking Group and Standard Chartered Group including expatriate work in the United Kingdom, Singapore, Nigeria, Switzerland, France and South Africa. She also worked in professional services for KPMG Australia and in international development for Save the Children Australia.
Kylie is a member of the Australian Government’s Modern Slavery Expert Advisory Group. She holds a Bachelor of Business (Management) and Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) from Monash University, and a Masters’ Degree in Social Science (International Development) from RMIT University. Kylie is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Company Director’s Course and an alumnus of the Cranlana Executive Ethics Programme.
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 UN 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.
human rights manager
Chris is a human rights professional with seven years of experience across human rights law, business and human rights, and regulatory risk advisory. At the UNGCNA, Chris co-leads our Business and Human Rights programming in alignment with the UN Global Compact’s strategy and assists with the delivery of the Modern Slavery Impact Initiative.
Prior to joining the GCNA, Chris worked with EY Oceania’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services team, assisting clients with business and human rights, modern slavery and ESG initiatives. Previously, Chris served as a Legal Consultant for the Centre for Civil and Political Rights NGO in Geneva, where he was responsible for conducting research and providing advice on international human rights law designed to enhance NGO engagement at the UN Human Rights Committee and other Treaty Bodies.
Chris holds an LL.M. in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in Switzerland and an LL.B. from AUT University in New Zealand. He published his LL.M. thesis on the intersection of human rights, climate change and cross-border migration with the Global Migration Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva (IHEID) in November 2020.
Outside of work, Chris is a keen singer-songwriter and loves live indie music.
environment and climate change senior coordinator
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 UN 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 UN 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.
Events and Communications coordinator
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 UN Global Compact Network Australia.
Prior to joining UNGCNA, 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 AND COMMUNICATIONS INTERN
Olivia is a professional communicator with specialised experience in advertising and art direction.
She is driven by everything with a visual focus and strives to use empathy to empower those around her. She has undertaken an internship with RMIT Hungry Talks 2021 and also has experience in journalism and social media content creation and marketing.
Olivia is currently completing her third and final year of her Bachelor of Communication (Professional Communication) from RMIT University, majoring in Advertising with a minor in Popular Culture.
Outside of work, Olivia enjoys art, travel and music.
Business and Human Rights INTERN
Natasha is currently completing her fourth year of a Bachelor of Global Studies and Law Degree from Monash University, majoring in International Relations.
Natasha has volunteered for Monash Law Students’ Society as a peer mentor, and at her local Salvation Army. She has also received the Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Outside work, Natasha enjoys music, sport and travel.
ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE INTERN
Julia is a diligent student with a background in International Relations. She has a passion for service and improving the lives of others and is pursuing a career in the spheres of development and sustainability.
She is currently completing her final year of her Master of International Development Practice at Monash University after graduating with a Bachelor of Global Studies from the same institution.
Outside of work, Julia enjoys travelling and spending time with friends and family.
EVENTS AND COMMUNICATIONS INTERN
Alanna is about to complete her Bachelors in Communications, specialising in advertising and literature. Narrative story telling drives her visual communication. She has experience in design, social media management and journalism for Paradigm Haus; a print and digital publication based in Hong Kong.
Alanna is also an artist and speaks French, which she developed during her year abroad as an English teacher in 2019.
She is currently leading the student lead, RMIT Pitch Night team in art direction.
STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT INTERN
Cat is completing her final year of her Master of International Relations studies at Monash University and holds a Bachelor of Music from the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music.
She currently serves as the Vice President of Monash University’s Master of International Relations Student Association (MIRSA), where she has gained experience in cultivating cooperative networks and partnerships with diverse stakeholders across both public and private sectors.
Cat aspires to be a change agent in the spheres of international relations and/or sustainable development, and with nearly six years of expertise in customer service, she believes that building and sustaining productive relationships is crucial for delivering positive outcomes.
Outside of work, Cat is passionate about learning languages and is currently studying Russian, Latvian and German. She also enjoys music production, skiing and travel.
Business and human rights INTERN
Jamie is currently completing her final semester of her Bachelor of Criminology at Monash University.
She has a passionate interest in criminal justice, particularly in the sphere of anti-bribery and corruption. She aspires to work towards countering corruption in order to prevent individuals and organisations from disadvantaging the wider community.
Outside of work, Jamie enjoys going to the gym, travel, and spending time with friends and family.