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About us

Our Team

Kylie Porter

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. 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 UNGCNA has almost doubled and over A$1million of grants and associated funding has been awarded to the organisation. Prior to joining the UNGCNA, 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.

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Corinne Schoch

head, programmes

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 UN 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.

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Evangeline Sanopoulos

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.

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Greta Korthaus

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.

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Emilia Maubach

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.

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John McFarland

manager, anti-bribery and corruption

John McFarland has been assisting organisations to address bribery and corruption risks for more than 20 years.

In challenging international environments, John has worked with companies to change and develop frameworks that prevent, mitigate, and respond to corruption and bribery. John’s experience includes a highly successful career as a senior executive and practice leader with one of Asia and the Middle East’s leading specialist risk consulting firms. As a governance, risk and compliance specialist, John worked closely with his clients to understand their business and their challenges in mitigating their integrity and compliance risks.

John is an experienced financial crime, integrity and compliance investigator and has been able to help many companies to learn and mitigate the impact of bribery and corruption involving employees, government officials and third parties.

John also has hands-on experience in dealing with the challenges and demands faced by business leaders in the global marketplace. In John’s final role before returning to Australia, as the CEO of the consulting firm, he oversaw the restructuring and integration of the multi-jurisdictional firm after a large, listed UK company acquired it. 

Since returning to Australia, John worked with a listed Australian trade supply retailer to assist them with their fraud risk and internal investigations. More recently, John worked with a Community Housing provider to assist in the corporate strategy development and advise Victorian Shire Councils on developing and updating their operational risk management frameworks.

John has a Master of Laws in International Business.

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Chris Caskey

manager, human rights

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.

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Sarah Day

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 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.

 

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Nick O’Sullivan

Coordinator, Sustainability

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.

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Jessie Lu-Lee

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 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.

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Joud Ghassali

Intern, environment and climate change

Joud is a Law and Global Studies student in her penultimate year of study at Monash University.  

Joud has always maintained an active interest in sustainability and environmental policy. She has worked as a research assistant to Associate Professor Gerald Nagtzaam of the Monash law faculty. Joud completed research in various international environmental law matters, including the regulation of plastic pollution. Joud also completed a remote internship with Environmental Justice Australia, where she participated in different client-focused tasks. 

Outside of her studies, Joud enjoys travelling and learning new languages. In 2019, Joud completed a 6-week intensive Mandarin language program at Shanghai International Studies University. She has been learning Mandarin at Monash University since then and hopes to continue travelling in the future.  

Joud is very excited to commence her internship with the UN Global Compact Network Australia. She hopes to strengthen her skills and knowledge as well as connect with like-minded professionals in the industry.  

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Sophia Biantara

Intern, business and human rights

Sophia is a passionate human rights intern and is in her fourth-year of completing a Bachelor of Law and International Studies at Deakin University. She is driven by the possibility of creating positive change for all through the basis of legal knowledge.

Alongside her internship at UNGCNA and university studies, Sophia has managerial experience in hospitality and avidly promotes and implements sustainability in her hospitality role.

Sophia has lived in Australia, Indonesia and Singapore throughout her youth which has paved the way for her interest in national and international human rights and relations.

In her spare time, Sophia enjoys travelling, reading and exercise.

 

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Shang Loo

Intern, communications and events

Shang is an international student from Malaysia currently completing the final year of her degree, where she majors in Public Relations and minors in Asian Media and Cultural Studies at RMIT University. She has also completed a diploma from Sunway University, Malaysia in Communications and Media Studies.

Prior to interning at the UN Global Compact Network Australia, Shang has worked with companies and clients such as the RMIT University Library, the Butterfly Foundation and the Missing Person Advocacy Network where she focused on a combination of public relations, communication planning and strategy, digital marketing, content creation, event management and communication research-related work.

She is an outspoken, curious and energetic individual that is passionate about using and creating various visual, spoken, written and physical communication methods across traditional or digital mediums to convey messages, engage with people and build relations with the public.

During her free time, she is an avid adventurer, foodie and coffee-admirer that enjoys discovering some of Melbourne’s best cafes and road-trip spots. She also plays the drums and speaks Mandarin, Cantonese and Bahasa Malaysian.

 

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Lara Perkins

Intern, Stakeholder engagement

Lara is a university student currently completing a Bachelor of Arts with a major in International Relations.

She is passionate about sustainability and the environment, human rights, and finding real-world solutions to these problems. She has completed overseas exchange and study programs to Germany, Italy, and India, and believes that intercultural relations are key to addressing issues of climate change and universal human rights.

Lara holds a Diploma of European Languages (German) from Monash University, and a Diploma of Sustainable Development from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

Lara speaks German, and enjoys travel, musical theatre, and playing netball.

 

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