BSW (Hons), PGDipSocSci, MPhil.
Emeline Afeaki-Mafile’o describes herself as change agent. She began working in her community at the age of 19. She is the founder of Affirming Works (AW) a Social Service organization which has been providing innovative Pacifica Mentoring services to young people in Auckland since 2001. Her new initiative in 2010 a social enterprise called Community Cafe has promoted the possibilities of Pacifica innovation and sustainability, all its profit is used for community development both in New Zealand and Pacific abroad.
Emeline’s work in this area has led to the establishment of Fofola Consultancy Ltd, which contributes to public policy development in New Zealand and the South Pacific. Emeline and her husband Alipate own a family coffee business based in Tonga called Tupu’anga Coffee.
She has served as Community Advisor to the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs and as a member of the Pacific Advisory Group to the Ministry of Social Development. She has also been Secretariat to the Chamber of Commerce in the Kingdom of Tonga.
In 2006 Emeline was awarded the Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader Award. In 2013 she was awarded the Westpac Woman of influence for Community and Social Enterprise.