Our Board

The Board of Directors of the Global Compact Network Australia governs and oversees the strategies, operations and business plans of the organisation.

Dr David Cooke
Chair
Chairman and Managing Director, Konica Minolta Australia

David is Chair and Managing Director of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia. David first entered the IT industry in 1980 when he joined Rank Xerox and later worked in various management roles at Canon before joining Konica Minolta in 2005. David was appointed as the first non-Japanese Managing Director of Konica Minolta in Australia in 2013.

He has served on the NSW committee of the Australian Information Industry Association and was a national judge for the IT industry’s iAwards in the sustainability and community categories over a five-year period. In 2017 Konica Minolta was awarded the first Freedom Award ever presented to business, by Anti-Slavery Australia and in December 2018, Konica Minolta was awarded the Human Rights Award in the business category, by the Australian Human Rights Commission, for promoting human rights and its leadership on modern slavery and Its work on gender equality.

In addition to his position with the GCNA, David is an Adjunct Professor at UTS Business School; and a Non-Executive Director of Sustainalytics Australia. David was also a member of the Foreign Minister’s multi-stakeholder advisory group on implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. David is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

David holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales and a Doctorate from Southern Cross University. David’s thesis was titled ‘The Philanthropic Contract: Building Social Capital though Corporate Social Investment’ which entailed research into the positive value for profit-making companies who form long term sustainable partnerships with the not-for-profit sector.

Megan Christensen
Director and Deputy Chair
General Manager Stakeholder Engagement and Social Responsibility, Oil Search

As General Manager Stakeholder Engagement and Social Responsibility at Oil Search, Megan is responsible for leading and driving Oil Search’s Social Responsibility Strategy evolution, as well as functional leadership for stakeholder engagement and social performance.

Megan’s expertise in multi-stakeholder engagement and sustainability is grounded in 20+ years of experience in complex operating environments such as Papua New Guinea and the Middle East, as well as in the United States and Australia, across both the oil and gas, and construction and property development sectors.

She has been a Director of the Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA) for the past four years, and is an active contributor to social responsibility thought leadership as Chairman of the GCNA Sustainable Development Leadership Group (and formerly Chair of the Human Rights Leadership Group), and as a member of Oil Search’s Integrity Committee.

Megan has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management (UNSW), and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Kylie Porter
Executive Director

Kylie Porter is the Executive Director of the Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA); the Australian division of the un global compact – the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. Kylie is a responsible business specialist holding over 15 years of experience in corporate affairs, sustainability and strategy roles across a broad range of industries. Her experience includes working for financial institutions in Australia and internationally, professional services and an international development NGO. Kylie’s expertise is in stakeholder engagement, reputation risk management on environmental, social and governance issues and providing advice on responsible business practices and strategies.

Prior to joining the GCNA, Kylie was an Associate Director in the National Australia Bank’s (NAB) Corporate Affairs team for the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry where she held responsibility for engagement with consumer advocacy organisations on their concerns about the financial services sector and advised senior management on opportunities to improve outcomes for customers. Kylie also worked in NAB’s Corporate Responsibility team as the Associate Director, Stakeholder Engagement where she managed NAB’s reputation and engagement on environment, social and governance (ESG) matters and provided strategic advice on sustainability issues, opportunities and risks across the nab group. 

Prior to this, Kylie worked for KPMG’s Sustainability and Banarra practices in Melbourne and for Save the Children Australia as their Senior Adviser for Responsible Business. Kylie’s experience includes expatriate work in London (UK), Singapore, Nigeria, Switzerland, France and South Africa where she collaborated with various global organisations in the financial services, mining and oil and gas sectors.  

Kylie holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business (Management) and a Master of Social Science (International Development). Kylie is also a Director of the Council for Single Mothers and their Children and the Global Compact Network Australia.

Sasha Courville
Director and Chair, Environment 
General Manager, Corporate Responsibility, NAB

Sasha was appointed as the General Manager, Corporate Responsibility at NAB in December 2018. Prior to this role Sasha was the Head of Social Innovation at NAB, looking at how to address society’s needs and challenges through new funding and business solutions. This includes scaling up of NAB’s portfolio of Shared Value initiatives that deliver business value while also addressing social and environmental challenges including developing the impact investing ecosystem in Australia, Natural Value, Clean Energy Finance and NAB Assist, as well as embedding a culture of social innovation internally.  Previously, Sasha was Head of Corporate Responsibility Strategy at NAB, responsible for strategy development, non-financial performance and reporting and stakeholder engagement on ESG issues.  Sasha joined NAB to drive its Natural Value Strategy, managing natural capital risks, taking advantage of new opportunities and supporting agribusiness customers to do the same.

Prior to joining NAB, Sasha was Executive Director of the London-based ISEAL Alliance, the global association for sustainability standards and assurance systems. She has also worked as an international consultant on social justice and environmental sustainability issues in soft commodity sectors, and as an academic, based at the Regulatory Institutions Network at the ANU. Sasha was deeply involved in setting up the Fairtrade labelling system in Australia and New Zealand.

Sasha has a PhD on coffee from the ANU, an MSc from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from York University in Canada.

Rachel Nicolson
Director and Chair, Anti-Corruption 
Partner, Allens Linklaters

Rachel is a Partner at law firm Allens Linklaters (Allens), specialising in Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution. Before joining Allens, Rachel spent several years managing law reform and other World Bank and Australian government-funded development projects in the Asian region.

Rachel has particular expertise advising on global risk and compliance issues, including foreign corrupt practices, sanctions, trade and investment laws, corporate human rights obligations and the social and environmental impacts of major projects and community/landowner issues.

Rachel’s experience includes advising on legal issues in Australia and internationally, including the US, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Papua New Guinea. Rachel has developed expertise in advising on litigation prevention, where the potential risk of litigation is identified either by a client or by Allens as its external lawyers. This has involved advising on strategic steps that clients can take to foresee disputes that may arise, and to resolve disputes before proceedings are filed.

Vanessa Zimmerman
Director (Independent) and Chair, Human Rights 
CEO, Pillar-Two

Vanessa is the CEO of Pillar-Two and a recognised global and domestic corporate sustainability expert focusing on human rights. 

Originally an anti-trust lawyer at King & Wood Mallesons, she specialised in business and human rights, working for five years as a Legal Advisor to the UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, Harvard Professor John Ruggie. This included being part of the core team drafting the internationally recognised UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). Vanessa has advised other key global business and human rights initiatives such as the Institute for Human Rights and Business, the UN Global Compact, and the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights. She has also worked with Australian business from a variety of sectors, the Australian government and civil society. For the past seven years Vanessa has managed implementation of the human rights strategy at Rio Tinto, one of the world’s largest mining companies, including leading its response to the UK and Australian modern slavery legislation. She recently founded Pillar Two, an advisory firm helping business to take an integrated and practical approach to managing their human rights risks, as well as guiding governments on how to support businesses in this work.

Vanessa holds various expert advisory roles including as Board Member of the Global Compact Network Australia and Chair of its Human Rights workstream and Modern Slavery Community of Practice. The Community of Practice brings together over 30 large Australian corporations to discuss implementation of the Australian Modern Slavery Act as well as modern slavery risk management in practice. Vanessa is also a member of the Global Reporting Initiative’s Technical Committee on Human Rights Disclosure and was appointed to the Australian government’s Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group on Business and Human Rights, the Australian National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery, the Department of Home Affairs’ advisory committee for its modern slavery guidance and the Department of Treasury’s new Governance and Advisory Board to the National Contact Point.  

Vanessa has a Master of Laws from Harvard University, Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts (Japanese) from Monash University in Australia. In 2016 she was recognised as one of 100 Australian Women of Influence and was shortlisted to join the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights. In 2018 she was a finalist in the Women’s Agenda “Agenda Setter of the Year” awards for her work in engaging business in debate around an Australian Modern Slavery Act.

Sally Moyle
Director
CEO, CARE Australia

Sally joined CARE Australia in November 2016 as the Chief Executive.  Sally has had extensive experience in international development policy and practice, and almost twenty years’ experience addressing gender issues both domestically and in international development. 

Most recently, Sally was the Principal Gender Specialist and Assistant Secretary, with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and has been in senior executive roles in the Australian Government since 2008, including DFAT, the Office for Women, and working on Indigenous Affairs and in Disability Care in the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. 

Prior to joining AusAID in 2006, Sally had senior roles at the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Sally is an Honorary Associate Professor at the College of Asia and the Pacific and a member of the board of the Global Compact Network of Australia.

Michael Vavakis
Director
Group Head of Human Resources, Lendlease

Michael was appointed Group Head of Human Resources in January 2010 and is based in Sydney, Australia. Since then, as Chief People Officer for Lendlease, Michael’s role has expanded to include responsibility for Corporate Affairs and Marketing, Innovation and Organisational Transformation. He was appointed as a director of GCNA in April 2019.

Prior to joining Lend Lease, Michael spent 18 years with Hewlett Packard where he held many senior Human Resource executive positions in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and the USA. Michael has been instrumental in defining and supporting several business transformations and has led several merger and acquisition activities.

Michael majored in Accounting and Economics at Melbourne University. He has a Post- graduate qualification in Economics and has an Advanced Management Degree from Wharton University. Michael has also completed a Masters’ Degree in Law – Dispute Resolution at the University of New South Wales. He is currently undertaking a Masters’ degree in Law – International Relations.  Michael is also an active member in the Australian Human Resource Institute and Corporate Leadership Council.