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Opeta speaks about his long-held passion for nurturing knowledge and history, and the challenge that knowing our past is important for an informed present and a resilient future.

Director of the National Archives of Fiji, and a Pacific islander of Tuvaluan (Nukufetau & Vaitupu) and Fijian (Rewa & Cakaudrove) descent, Opeta was bitten by the history bug at a young age.

He received most of his education in Fiji where he read History, Politics, and Journalism at the University of the South Pacific, before spending two eye-opening years at Monash University in Melbourne where he was the joint recipient of the 2011 Australian Society of Archivists Margaret Jennings Award.

After 8 years in the private sector and a brief stint at Fiji’s Ministry of Information, he joined the National Archives of Fiji where he has spent the last 14 years, seeing himself as part of a passionate team working hard to improve access to heritage.

Opeta is currently President of the Pacific Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives, and is an Executive Board member of the International Council on Archives.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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Opeta Alafaio
is currently President of the Pacific Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives, and is an Executive Board member of the International Council on Archives.
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