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.
In June 2012 he contested the leadership elections of the National Party of Suriname, after Ronald Venetiaan stepped down. Party elections were held in eleven districts with Fernald winning four and his competitor Gregory Rusland winning seven.
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- "Ivan Fernald verlaat Imeao met gemengde gevoelens" (in Dutch). Dagblad Suriname. 22 August 2005. Archived from the original on 19 March 2007. 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.
- "Gregory Rusland leider Nationale Partij Suriname" (in Dutch). 17 June 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
- "Gregory Rusland, nieuwe voorzitter NPS" (in Dutch). StarNieuws. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
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