Raj Fernando is prominently for his expertise in the global financial markets. He commenced his career in this field at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange where he worked as a volunteer while still in college. Driven by his determination to excel, Raj went from a mere volunteer to the top most position in the company. Further, he worked at the Chicago Board of Trade for about ten years.
In 2002, Fernando made a decision to start his venture called Chopper Trading. He steered Chopper Trading into successful heights. As so, Chopper Trading not only grew its employee base to more than 250 workers but also began trading on ICAP-Broketek, NASDAQ, ICE, LSE, EUREX and Cantor Fitzgerald. As the CEO of Chopper Trading, Raj assisted in designing, implementing, and managing some of the most complex communications, source code security, and risk management systems available in the financial sector.
During his time as the CEO of Chopper Trading, Fernando backed the role of the US Commodity Trading Futures Commission (CFTC). Additionally, he addressed a global audience of media and shareholders at the yearly Rosenblatt Global Exchange Leader Conference in 2013. In 2015, Fernando sold Chopper Trading to a Chicago-based trading entity known as DRW Trading Group.
In 2016, Raj Fernando unveiled Scoutahead. Scoutahead is an Internet start-up built with the aim of improving professional and corporate growth as well as productivity via advanced and secure communication systems.
Fernando is an alumnus of the Beloit College where he attained his degree in economics and history. His academic background can also be traced back to the University College London. Apart from his involvement in financial matters, Fernando boasts of a charitable spirit. As so, he backs many charitable activities in Chicago and other parts of the United States. Some of the beneficiaries of Fernando’s generosity include the Wounded Warriors, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago and the Clinton Foundation.
He serves as part of the board of directors for several organizations like the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as well as the Foreign Policy Leadership Committee.