Previously Fernald was director of the Institute for Economic Administrative Secondary Education (IMEAO).
As Defence Minister Fernald sent the military into the interior to assist with flooding in 2006, and was involved with planning a Jungle Warfare School in Suriname for foreign military services.
- "President Venetiaan roept nieuwe ministers op waakzaam te zijnPresident Venetiaan roept nieuwe ministers op waakzaam te zijn" (in Dutch). Dagblad Suriname. 2 September 2005. Retrieved 2008-08-19.
- "Ivan Fernald verlaat Imeao met gemengde gevoelens" (in Dutch). Dagblad Suriname. 22 August 2005. Retrieved 2008-08-19.
- "Floods deluge Suriname villages". BBC Caribbean. 9 May 2006. Retrieved 2008-08-19.
- "Suriname Jungle Warfare School". BBC Caribbean. 29 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-19.
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