Epeli Waqavonovono is the Director of the Statistics for Development Division, at the Pacific Community (SPC). His appointment has formally taken effect on 17 June 2019.
Epeli brings invaluable knowledge and experience in statistical development work as well as in-depth understanding of the Pacific region. He has an extensive career in the Statistics, Surveys and Census sector, strongly focused in leveraging the region's development capacity and initiatives. Epeli has represented Fiji and the Pacific in the regional and global arena such as the UN Statistics Commission, Paris 21 Agenda and has led several of the technical working groups of the Pacific Statistics Steering Committee.
Epeli joins SPC from the Fiji Government, Bureau of statistics, where he performed in various Statistician roles and then as Deputy Government Statistician and Government Statistician. Serving for 31 years in the Fijian Government has equipped Epeli with the ability to plan and lead complex development work. He led, as Census Commissioner for the 2017 Population and Housing Survey, Fiji's first digital census with success; and showed real thirst throughout his career to take on significant challenges.
His past positions entailed conducting Population and Housing Census, Data Analysis & Reporting and submitting recommendations to stakeholders and partners based on findings. His work led to proven improvements and gains for Fiji's and broader institutions whilst enhancing the quality and timeliness of Statistics in the Pacific region. Epeli has worked and collaborated with numerous donors such as UNFPA, UNDP or DFAT; and organizations including Fiji Government Ministries, Australian Bureau of Statistics, ILO and SPC.
He holds a Bachelor of Science, a Certificate in Population Studies and Professional Diploma in Business Leadership from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji, and a Master of Demography from the Australian National University, Australia.