New CEO for Tonga’s Internal Affairs

The Ministry of Internal Affairs has appointed Mrs ‘Ana Bing Fonua as its new Chief Executive Officer effective September 9.

Mrs. ‘Ana Kanume Bing Fonua’s employment by Government is for a period of three (3) years.

Mrs. Fonua began her career in the private sector where she held various positions at the Bank of Tonga, Western Union Money Transfer, Polynesian Cultural Centre in Hawaii and Star Cinemas from 1998 to 2006.

Later in 2006, Mrs. Fonua joined the Office of the Australian High Commission in Nuku’alofa as Office and Finance Manager and later continued as Program Manager from 2007 until early 2013.

In February, 2013 Mrs. Fonua was contracted as a Procurement Specialist and later the National Team Leader under the Tonga Strategic Program for Climate Resilience funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). In October, 2014 Mrs. Fonua was engaged by the Ministry of Environment, Energy, Climate Change, Disaster Management, Meteorology, Information and Communication as a Program Coordinator under the Climate Resilience Sector Project (CRSP) and Cyclone Ian Recovery Project (CIRP) prior to taking up her appointment as Chief Executive Officer for Internal Affairs.

Mrs. Fonua is also involved in various community programs which includes her role as the Young Women President for Youth of the Nuku’alofa Central Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Mrs. Fonua also participated in the First Practice Parliament for Women in Tonga whereby she was appointed as ‘Mock’ Prime Minister and No. 1 Noble Representative for Tongatapu.

Mrs. Fonua holds a Master Degree in Sustainability (2012) and a Graduate Diploma in International Development and Environment (2011) – both from Monash University, Australia. Mrs. Fonua also holds a Bachelor of Science (2010) from Brigham Young University, Hawaii.

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