Kusala Fernando-Co-Chair

Kusala Kumara Jayendra Fernando is a 28year old youth leader who engaged with lots of social work and youth development programs in various youth organizations during last ten years.

He attended to Thurstan College, Colombo where he passed G.C.E.A/L examination in Physical Science Stream. Kusala was a Senior Prefect at School in 2003 and held many positions in school associations such as Vice President of School Science Society, Vice President of School Sinhala Literary Association, Secretary of School Media Circle, Secretary of School Photographic Society, Chief Editor of School Buddhist Association and Chief Organizer of School English Literary Association.
He was graduated from Northumbria University (UK) in Leadership and Management in 2010 and currently reading for MBA Degree at Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK) and for the LLB Degree at Open University of Sri Lanka. Also he successfully completed the Professional Qualification in Human Resources Management (PQHRM) at Institute of Personnel Management of Sri Lanka. As well as he completed Higher Diploma in International Relations at Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) in Sri Lanka.
Kusala is currently working as the Regional Youth Caucus Representative of Sri Lanka of Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP). Also he’s the Chairman of the Commonwealth Youth Network in Sri Lanka. As well as he was the Chairperson of the Foreign Bureau of Sri Lanka Federation of Youth Clubs in year 2012-2013. Also Kusala was a member of the Commonwealth Advisory Body on Sports in 2011-2012 and, he was the first ever male youth representative of it from all the Commonwealth countries. As well as he was the Minister of Sports Affairs at the first Sri Lanka Youth Parliament which has taken place in 2011-2013.

Over the years Kusala participated in many international conferences representing Sri Lanka such as Commonwealth Youth Leaders’ conference 2013 in Papua New Guinea, Asia Youth Leaders’ Summit 2012 at Delhi, India, Commonwealth Youth Forum 2011 at Perth, Australia, Commonwealth Youth Leaders Conference 2010 at Chandigarh, India, and SAARC Youth Conference on Promoting Regional Harmony 2010, at Islamabad, Pakistan. Also he was the leader of the Sri Lanka Youth team participated in the UK- Sri Lanka Young Leaders’ Exchange 2012.
During last ten years he engaged with social service activities such as organizing Blood Donation campaigns, Disease Prevention programs, and religious programs through youth clubs movement in Sri Lanka. Also he engaged with youth development programs such as youth leadership development programs, youth camps, youth personality development programs and skills development programs in Sri Lanka.
He is looking forward to engage with more youth development activities in the future and to serve his motherland.