Deveraux Talagi has a PhD in economics from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, which is where he also received his MA in Economics. He serves as Co-Principal Investigator for the State Plan Data Analytics Infrastructure Project. He received his Bachelors of Commerce in Economics and Information Systems from the University of the South Pacific, Laucala campus in Fiji. He has experience working with Stata although his preferred environment is R due to its versatility. He enjoys working with his hands, and all kinds of physical activities and sports, especially if it involves the outdoors.