Kaunanga is the first female CEO of her family owned construction company. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems with a minor in Economics and an MBA in Finance.

A strong advocate of private sector development, Kaunanga represented the Tongan private sector at a Public-Private Dialogue hosted by the National Reserve Bank in 2011. She has also held roles as Assistant Treasurer for Tonga Chamber of Commerce and Secretary of Tonga’s Manufacturing Association.

On her return to Tonga, Kaunanga plans to pursue a career in government, where she hopes to foster innovative policy approaches that empower local businesses, enhance cooperation between public and private sectors, and contribute to Tonga’s longer term economic growth.