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Gunawathy Fernandez

Organisation Exchange Executive and former Regional Director of CBM South Asia Regional Office (South)
Gunawathy Fernandez
As an aspiring young lady in India, Guna had planned to pursue her career in Engineering but came across a course on Rehabilitation Science in Trichy, Tamil Nadu, which was the 1st initiative of CBM in South India to develop specialists in disability.   Automatically Guna’s life focus switched from from engineering to disability, and she has worked in this area for decades since. 
 
Guna was first associated with CBM in 1983 when she visited many CBM projects while studying.   After completion of her studies Guna continued in the same college as a Lecturer teaching the same course and training professionals on education for children with disabilities.  While training she was associated with many of CBM’s projects.  In 1995 Guna joined CBM as a project officer and over the years has been promoted from Project Officer to Programme Manager, to Asst. Regional Representative and most recently in the role of Regional Director of CBM South Asia Regional Office (South) for 7 years. She is currently on secondment to CBM Australia as the Organisation Exchange Executive, a role which facilitates the mutual exchange of knowledge, skills and field experience between the organisation and Guna.
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