Janaprith Fernando assumes duties as Scout Commissioner General
Attorney-at-Law Janaprith Fernando assumes duties as the 21st Chief Commissioner of the Sri Lanka Scout Association (SLSA) today (1). Fernando, who was serving as the Deputy Chief Commissioner of SLSA, has been appointed by Chief Scout President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, succeeding outgoing Maj. Gen. Milinda Pieiris.
Fernando began his journey as a Junior Scout at S. Thomas’ College Preparatory School in 1979, where he received his primary education, after which he was educated at S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia. As a Senior Scout, he served as the Troop Leader of his Scout Group and achieved the prestigious President’s Scout Award in 1984.
Fernando went on to serve the Colombo District Scout Branch as an adult leader and served as an Asst. District Commissioner, and was appointed the District Commissioner in 2005. After his tenure in the District Branch, he was appointed as a Special Commissioner of SLSA in 2010 and soon after became the International Commissioner of the Association. In 2016, Janaprith took office as the Deputy Chief Commissioner of SLSA and has been serving the local movement since.
Fernando was the first Sri Lankan to be elected to the World Scout Committee where he served from 2017 to 2021 and the Regional Scout Committee of the Asia Pacific Region from 2012 to 2017. He also served as the Chairman of the Good Governance Team of the World Scout Movement and Chairman of the Management Sub Committee of the Regional Movement among many other positions of leadership he has held in the World Scouting arena.
He has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to the World Organisation of the Scout Movement by many heads of state including the Prime Minister of Malaysia, President of Taiwan, and Vice President of the Philippines. He was also awarded the Chairman’s medal of the Asia Pacific Region.
Fernando is a practising attorney and runs his own chamber. Additionally, he is currently the Chairman of Bookbridge Sri Lanka, President of the Centre for Leadership and Talent Development, and has served on many boards of private and public institutions in Sri Lanka.