Randima (Randy) Fernando

Nonprofit Leader. Meditator. Technologist.
Ethical solutions to hard problems.


Born in Sri Lanka, I'm grateful to have been introduced to both meditation (by my mother) and programming (by my father) as a child. My fascination with making pretty pictures on the computer led me to study computer graphics at Cornell.

This passion took me to NVIDIA in Silicon Valley, where I managed many award-winning projects, authored three #1-ranked books on graphics programming, and received two patents. I was also an inaugural board member of the NVIDIA Foundation.

I then served for 7 years as founding Executive Director of Mindful Schools, a nonprofit that has taught mindfulness to millions of kids and over 30,000 educators worldwide. Mindful Schools was featured in TIME magazine's cover story "The Mindful Revolution."

Most recently, I'm Co-Founder & Executive Director at the Center for Humane Technology, a nonprofit addressing the harms of social media. CHT is featured in The Social Dilemma, Netflix's most watched film in Sep. 2020.

I'm a board member of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the Buddhist Insight Network. It is a privilege to live with my wonderful wife in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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