Keynotes

We are so excited to announce the first two keynotes in our main stage line up for NDF2019.

He mihi kau ana ki a Opeta Alefaio, Director of the National Archives of Fiji, kōrua ko Deb Verhoeven, Canada 150 Research Chair in Gender and Cultural Informatics at the University of Alberta.

Opeta is a Pacific islander of Tuvaluan and Fijian descent who has spent the last 14 years as part of a passionate team at the National Archives of Fiji working hard to improve access to heritage.

Deb (@bestqualitycrab) is ‘an agitator, commentator and critic’ who was recognised in 2013 as Australia’s most innovative academic. Currently based in Canada, she is a leading proponent of the Digital Humanities.

Opeta and Deb bring expertise, experiences and world views that we are confident will educate, challenge and enlighten all of us. We so look forward to learning from each of them.

OPETA ALEFAIO

Opeta Alefaio, Director of the National Archives of Fiji.

Opeta Alefaio, Director of the National Archives of Fiji.

Opeta Alefaio (@opeta_alefaio) has served since early 2012 as the Director of the National Archives of Fiji. He is a Pacific islander of Tuvaluan and Fijian 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, and later on spent 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, as part of a passionate team working hard to improve access to heritage. 

Deb Verhoeven

Deb Verhoeven, Canada 150 Research Chair in Gender and Cultural Informatics at the University of Alberta.

Deb Verhoeven, Canada 150 Research Chair in Gender and Cultural Informatics at the University of Alberta.

Deb Verhoeven (@bestqualitycrab) is Canada 150 Research Chair in Gender and Cultural Informatics at the University of Alberta. Prior to taking up a position in Canada she was Associate Dean of Engagement and Innovation at University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

An agitator, commentator and critic, Verhoeven was recognised in 2013 as Australia’s most innovative academic. Verhoeven is a leading proponent of the Digital Humanities. Her recent research has addressed the vast amounts of newly available ‘cultural data’ that has enabled unprecedented computational analysis in the humanities. 

Deb is Director of the Kinomatics Project, an interdisciplinary study that collects, explores, analyses and represents data about the creative industries. In addition to scholarly publications and media appearances, she has focused on the development of online research resources such as the Humanities Networked Infrastructure (HuNI); WIDGET (the Workplace Inclusion Diversity and Gender Equity Tool), the Cinema and Audiences Research Project (CAARP) database and The Ultimate Gig Guide (TUGG) an online archive of live music information. She served as inaugural Deputy Chair of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (2008-2011) and as CEO of the Australian Film Institute (2000-2002).