Born in Minden, Germany, Gunda started her professional career with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), an inter-governmental organization committed to migration and health assistance for crisis-affected populations around the world. She served the organization’s German mission based in Bonn as Deputy Chief Officer of the Latin American Reintegration Program for five years. She was later admitted into the Professional Leaders and Executives Program of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and sent to Caracas, Venezuela, where she worked for five years as assistant to the President of BASF Venezolana S.A. After her assignment in Venezuela, she moved to the U.S. in 2001, where she joined GreerWalker LLP, a leading certified public accounting and business advisory firm in the Carolinas. She served as the firm’s Director of Business Development until July 2019.
Gunda is a member of the American Council on Germany and the International Honor Society in Business Delta Mu Delta. She served as the Executive Director of the European American Business Forum and is a past board member of the Mental Health Association of the Carolinas, the German Language and Culture Foundation, the Charlotte Regional Partnership, and the Charlotte World Trade Association. She is a recipient of the Carolinas World Trade Association's 2018 Leadership in International Trade Award.
Gunda earned a bachelor degree from the Institute of Multilingual Communication and Translation at University of Cologne, Germany, and a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing from New York Institute of Technology, NY. She is a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) and speaks German, Spanish and English.