Colombo Telegraph

New Secretary To The President – Austin Fernando

Reputed Civil Servant Austin fernando to be appointed as the Secretary to the President, Colombo Telegraph reliably learns.

Secretary to the President P.B. Abeykoon has resigned yesterday. Meanwhile, Austin Fernando had resigned from the post of the Governor of Eastern Province on the 22nd of June and the President has accepted his resignation on the 27th of June, Colombo Telegraph learns.

According to the sources close to the Presidential Secretariat, President Maithripala Sirisena has last night singed the appointment letter.

We publish below a short resume of Austin Fernando:

1.      Governor, Eastern Province (February 2015 – Up to 22nd July 2017)
2.      Advisor to the President of Sri Lanka [January 2015- Up to date- On invitation and voluntary. (Extend to different areas)
3.      Japan International Cooperation Agency – Senior Adviser and Free Lance Consultant – August 2004- January 2015) (Covered the security and political aspects)]
4.      Advisor to Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (November 2003- April 2004)
5.      Secretary Ministry of Defence (December 2001 – November 2003) (Policy maker, Implementer, Supervisor, Coordinator, CEO of the Defence establishment and Chief Accounting Officer of the Ministry. Managed the security aspects of the Ceasefire Agreement, monitored Human Rights issues involving the Military and attended Peace Talks with the LTTE.)
6.      Executive Director of Resources Development Consultants Ltd. (2003-2015) and undertook consultancies on Institutional Development, Evaluation, Urban and General Development Planning, Public Administration which included power sharing exercises. Work experience with World Bank, ADB, and UNDP, UNHCR and other international private organizations and having international work experiences.)
7.      Secretary Ministry of Cooperatives Provincial Councils, Home Affairs, Local Government and Indigenous Medicine. (1993-1996)
8.      Post Master General of Sri Lanka (1992- 1993)
9.      Chairman of State Gem Corporation (1991-1992)
10.    CEO- (UNDP Assignment 1988-1991) National Reconstruction Steering Committee ($ 500 million) planning for North and East, financing programmes and projects, coordination of rehabilitation and reconstruction activities, monitoring performance.
11.    Secretary Ministry of Rehabilitation (1986-1988)and Commissioner General of Essential Services and Chairman of the Rehabilitation of Persons, Properties and Industries Authority   Polonnaruwa and served y undertaking conflict affected area needs)
12.    Commissioner of Cooperatives and Registrar of Cooperative Societies for Sri Lanka (1982-1986) Normal statutory functions but was engaged extensively in diversification of cooperatives and human resource development and management development activities)
13.    Served in District Administration as Government Agent of and Nuwara Eliya and Additional Government Agent Polonnaruwa (1975- 1981) and previously Assist Commissioner of Elections in Matale and Batticaloa Districts (1968-1975)
14.    Probationary Sri Lanka Administrative Service officer (1967-1968)
15.    Graduate Teacher (1963-1967)

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