About us

Our Team

Kylie Porter

Executive Director

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 Schoch

head of 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 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.

Jermaine Alexander

manager, Communications and events

Jermaine Alexander is a qualified professional with over 10-years experience working across corporate and government sectors in New York City and Washington DC.

Jermaine is highly skilled in project management, communications and stakeholder engagement. His aptitude for analysing problems from different perspectives has enabled him to be effective and adaptable in multifaceted environments.

Before joining Global Compact Network Australia, Jermaine worked for clothing and accessory retailer, The Gap where he project-managed promotional activity for the company’s North American stores. Prior to that, Jermaine worked as a legislative aide for New York City Council and managed operations at Leucadia National Corporation. He also worked as a project manager at Vayner Media LLC, managing client-based projects from conception to completion.

Jermaine relocated from New York City to Melbourne, Australia in 2019. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Gettysburg College and Master of Business Administration, specializing in Marketing and Finance from Fordham University Business School.

Dr Nia Emmanouil

manager, programmes

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.

Leah Sjerp

coordinator, programmes

Leah is a recent graduate of Monash University, completing a Bachelor of Global Studies and Science with majors in International Relations and Ecology and Conservation Biology respectively. She also holds a Diploma in French language studies and was awarded Best Third Year International Relations Student during her time at Monash University.

Leah is a passionate traveller and has participated in numerous academic exchanges to both Malaysia and France. In France she enjoyed advancing her political science studies at the leading French University Sciences Po.

Prior to joining the Global Compact Network Australia, Leah was a Duty Supervisor and Lifeguard at Monash Sport where she enjoyed being part of an active team providing aquatic and recreation services to the Monash Community.

She was also a volunteer with the International Women’s Development Agency, assisting in the development of best practice standards for engaging men and boys in advancing gender equality. Outside of work, Leah enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, hiking and surfing.

Aimee Luff

Executive Assistant to Kylie Porter

Aimee is an experienced professional with a strong background in administration, communications and event management.

Prior to joining the Global Compact Network Australia, Aimee worked at River Capital, a boutique investment firm with a strong community focus, as Executive Assistant to the Executive Director, Head of Co-Investment and Chief Financial Officer. This role involved complex stakeholder management, key financial administration, event management and system implementation.

Before this, Aimee worked in a range of roles where she has developed experience in communications and marketing, as well as event management.

Outside of the GCNA, Aimee currently volunteers her time for the sustainable finance resource library Altiorem, as well as for social enterprise Co-Ground Coffee. She has also spent time volunteering with Oaktree, the youth-run organisation on their Live Below the Line campaign. The campaign raised funds to combat poverty by funding grassroots organisations in Cambodia and Timor-Leste to provide education to their local communities.

Aimee holds a Bachelor of International Studies, with majors in International Relations and Chinese (Mandarin), a Graduate Diploma in Professional Political Practice, and is currently studying a Master of Public Policy at Monash University

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