Our Team

Kylie Porter
Executive Director

Kylie Porter is the Executive Director of the Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA). Kylie is a sustainability expert with over 15 years of experience in corporate affairs, sustainability and strategy roles across a broad range of industries. During her career, Kylie has provided advice on responsible business and corporate responsibility practices to senior management; managed reputation risk for environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues; developed and implemented sustainability and corporate responsibility strategies; and wrote and managed policies across thematic areas such as climate change, human rights, child rights and industries such as mining and metals, oil and gas and forestry.

Kylie’s career includes working for ANZ Banking Group, National Australia Bank (NAB), Standard Chartered, KPMG and Save the Children and expatriate work in London, Singapore, Nigeria, Switzerland, France and South Africa. Kylie was also a member of the Climate Principles and Chair of the Project Finance and Corporate Banking Working Group; a set of principles for the management of climate change within the financial services sector.

Before joining the GCNA, Kylie was the Stakeholder Engagement Manager for Corporate Responsibility at NAB where she held responsibility for internal and external engagement on NAB’s corporate responsibility strategy and management of reputation risk issues. Kylie also served on the Corporate Affairs team for the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Financial Services Industry where she held particular responsibility for engagement with consumer advocacy groups.

Kylie holds a Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s degree in Social Science majoring in International Development. Kylie is also a board member of the Council for Single Women and their Children.

Corinne Schoch
Senior Adviser
Corinne Schoch is the Senior Adviser of the Global Compact Network Australia. She brings with her 10 years’ experience in the climate and development sector and her professional experience includes providing climate change adaptation/mitigation and sustainable development technical support to a diverse set of institutions, communities, and government Departments, with a focus on addressing the risks that climate change poses to key thematic, sectoral, policy and organisational plans, programs and strategies.

Prior to joining the GCNA, Corinne was the Climate Change Advisor in Save the Children’s (Australia) Technical team. She had responsibility for building shared value partnerships across a range of government, academic, non-government organisations and local community stakeholders and developing comprehensive climate change and environmental resources that supported in the delivery of key strategic priorities. She managed complex and multi-donor funded climate change adaptation and resilience programs and supported the organisation’s accreditation process to the Green Climate Fund alongside the design of two multi-million-dollar resilience programs across the Pacific. She has extensive experience with stakeholder management, developing research programs, and designing strategic communication plans across Africa, the Pacific and South and Southeast Asia.  

Before joining Save the Children, Corinne worked at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), where she was responsible for developing the climate change and security research stream, supporting the development of government climate policies across a range of countries, and organising a range of climate change focused communities of practice, workshops and conferences.

Corinne holds a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science (International Security and Global Governance) and recently completed a Corporate Sustainability course with NYU Stern Business School.

Leah Sjerp
Associate

Leah Sjerp is an associate at the Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA). She 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. Leah 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 commencing at the GCNA, 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.

Maria Beltran
Executive Assistant / Team Coordinator

Maria Beltran is the Executive Assistant and Team Coordinator for the Global Compact Network Australia. She has worked in Program Administration and Coordination for five years in the humanitarian sector, largely in international emergency response and training. During the course of her career in the humanitarian sector Maria oversaw coordination of the annual customised and core training suite at RedR Australia, an international humanitarian response agency that selects, trains and deploys professionals to work in the field in countries experiencing disaster. Following, Maria worked in the management and coordination of humanitarian deployments to UN agencies under the DFAT funded RedR/Australia Assists program, to responses such as the East Africa Food Crisis, Haiti Earthquake, and Rohingya Response in Bangladesh.

Prior to joining the GCNA, Maria worked in Bangladesh as the Executive Assistant to the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner, the Bangladesh Government representative responsible for the coordination of the humanitarian response following the 2017 influx of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. There, Maria worked in close collaboration with UN agencies, government departments and other international stakeholders, developing strategies and implementation programs for the protection of nearly one million Rohingya Refugees living in the Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh.