Leasiolagi Malama Meleisea holds graduate and postgraduate degrees from Macquarie University and the University of Papua New Guinea. He has served as the director of academic centers at the University of Canterbury, the University of Auckland, and the National University of Samoa. Ellie Meleisea is a professional editor with graduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and Macquarie University. She has worked in project support and management for the United Nations and NGO development agencies, and is currently a freelancer for a range of international agencies. Penelope Schoeffel holds graduate and postgraduate degrees in anthropology from the Australian National University and the University of Papua New Guinea. She has taught at several universities and has also worked as an independent development consultant.