Fernando is an epidemiologist and medical anthropologist. His research interests are primarily with the unhoused, refugees, internally displaced communities, and asylum seekers who are survivors of torture or experience trauma. Fernando also works with ultra-poor populations living in informal settlements. He has experience in local, State and with war/conflict/post-conflict environments. Geographically, Fernando works in the Middle East (Iraqi Kurdistan), Central (Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan) and Southeast Asia (the Philippines), Eastern, Southern and Western Africa (Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somaliland, South Africa, Senegal, Mali, Niger) and among diaspora populations in Europe (The Netherlands) and North America. He is an ordained minister and currently serves as a board member of the Outdoor Church. Fernando spends his time between Boston, his biodynamic farm in Vermont and the Netherlands.