I'M Nanda Fernando


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Nanda Fernando

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College Life

My Collage career provided me plenty of opportunities to be engaged in various challenges and practice leadership skills. Whenever I plan a Project, I apply the principles of planning methodically and implement same with focus. I am a firm believer that courage, determination, commitment and focus would certainly help accomplish goals and the best way to gain happiness is by giving out happiness to others.

Scouting Career

I started my scouting career at the age of twelve as a Junior Scout of 16th Colombo Scout Group, S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia. After a year, I had the good opportunity to be a Patrol Leader. As a Junior Scout I won the highest award for Junior Scouting “The Green Cord”, and participated at several Colombo District Scout Camporees. As a Senior Scout I functioned as a Patrol Leader and the Troop Leader. I won the President’s Scout Award and participated at many competitions and provided the leadership to the College troop. As a Rover Scout. I completed the requirements for the “B P’s Award”. Thereafter, I attended scout leadership training programs and was the Scout Leader of S.Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia. Meanwhile, I was engaged with various activities in the Colombo District and I functioned as a District Scout Leader, Assistant District Commissioner-Training and as District Commissioner. During this period, I served in many committees of the Colombo District Camporees and also functioned as an Organizing Commissioner of the Colombo District Scout Camporee. Subsequently, after completion of required training, I was awarded the “Wood Badge”. Thereafter, I served in the Colombo District Training Team. During this period, I was awarded with the “Assistant Leader Trainer’s award” and then after following a program in Pachmari, India, I was awarded with the four beads as a “ Leader Trainer “ in 1994. Since then I served as a member of the National Training Team of the Sri Lanka Scout Association until my current appointment as the National Training Commissioner.

Professional Career

Since leaving school, I worked for the Hatton National Bank from 1982 and joined Sampath Bank during its initial year in 1987. Since then, I have covered multiple areas of transactional Banking, with engagement to business locally and internationally. I am a Senior Fellow of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka and hold a Master’s in Business Management. I am a Director of Lanka Financial Services Bureau, Institute of Bankers – Sri Lanka and Lanka Bangla Finance Limited Bangladesh. Currently, I function as the Managing Director of Sampath Bank, Sri Lanka.

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  • Birthday:
    7th November
  • Phone:
    +94 (0) 773 070 126
  • Residence:
    Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Experience:
    40 years
















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"It has been a long-felt need to revitalize and revamp the scout training programmes and procedures in Sri Lanka and we are glad to be able to obtain the service of Mr Nanda Fernando as the National Training Commissioner (NTC) at NHQ. He is a well-established, transformative corporate leader known for his exceptional skills for performance enhancement in the corporate sector. Further, with his background and experience as a President’s Scout, a Troop Scout Leader, an Assistant District Commissioner-Training, a District Commissioner Colombo District and Leader Trainer, I am confident that Mr. Fernando will impart his very best for the progression of scouting in Sri Lanka. He will surely infuse enthusiasm in his Core Team to work with determination and diligence to ensure the proliferation of high-quality training into the periphery at the provincial and district levels, which will certainly enhance the overall quality of scouting in Sri Lanka. I wish him all the very best in his new endeavour, and I pledge to extend any assistance needed for implementing the Training Plan 2020 – 2021."

Maj Gen Milinda Peiris
Former Chief Commissioner
Sri Lanka Scout Association
Vice Chancellor / Commandant of the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University

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"Nanda is an authentic leader who has devoted a strong commitment of results. His exceptional analytical and decision making skills have served as winning attributes in achieving Challenging targets in a contemporary business environment where speed and Accuracy of decision making decides success."

Prof. Malik Ranasinghe
B.Sc.Eng. Hons (UoM), M.A.Sc (UBC), Ph.D (UBC), CEng, Int PE(SL), FIE (SL), FNAS (SL), FIPM (SL)
Chairman-Sampath Bank


"MNR (Nanda Fernando) was a diligent student of S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia who completed his education on a high note. His commitment, dedication, honesty and sincere work at his work place elevated him to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Sampath Bank. During his career he was very social oriented, took to Scouting from his childhood and became a President's Scout, Scout Leader of S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia, Asst District Commissioner - Training and now the National Training Commissioner of Sri Lanka. I am confident that he will exceed expectations and be of a remarkable service to the society."

Daniel Edirisinghe
Former National Training Commissioner


"Mr. Nanda Fernando is an amazing leader who proved his skills in visioning, strategizing and execution with recorded revenue of Rs 118.9 Bil for Sampath Bank in the year 2019 despite the business environment in Sri Lanka was not desirable enough. I am inspired by his energy, persistence, people skills, adoptability, creativity and detailed orientation with whatever the mission he leads."

Dr. (Eng.) Ranil Sugathadasa
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa
Chartered Engineer/ Motivational & Leadership Trainer/ Transformational Coach
Founder, TheMotivator


"Mr. Fernando is a role model corporate leader who possesses exceptional skills in transforming ordinary organizations into high-performing business entities. His relentless commitment to achieve assigned goals coupled with value-driven management approach, enable him to establish a result-oriented work culture where all stakeholders of the company are aligned to realize a single vision."

Dr. Lalith Weragoda
PhD (USJ), MBA (PIM – SJP), BSc – Special, Fel. in Q.Mgt (WUR – Netherlands), MCIPM
Chief Lerning Officer- Sampath Bank



Get in Touch

  • ntc@nandafernando.com

  • +94 (0) 773 070 126

  • Colombo, Sri Lanka