Opeta Alefaio is a full time PhD candidate with the ANU Department of Pacific Affairs. He is a Fiji islander of Tuvaluan and Fijian descent, with a background in the Fiji public service where he served as Director of the National Archives. His research will explore the political economy of Pacific knowledge, with a particular focus on the forces at play in the information management sector.
Opeta read history politics and journalism for his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of the South Pacific, and later won an Australian Leadership Award to attain a Master of Business Information Systems specialising in corporate information and knowledge management (libraries, archives, records management) at Monash University.
In 2011 he was the joint recipient of the Australian Society of Archivists, Margaret Jennings Award, and in 2019 was made a Member of the order of Fiji. He is a past president and vice president of the Pacific Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives (PARBICA), and is a former executive board member of the International Council on Archives (ICA).