Utilizing his expertise in global financial markets as well as advances in technology, Raj Fernando started his career as a volunteer while he attended college.
While working at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange during and after graduating from Beloit College he climbed the corporate ladder following years of various trading positions.
Fernando’s twenty five years of experience in the international finance markets also takes in founding Chopper Trading in 2002, a Chicago-based proprietary trading firm which he grew to more than 250 employees with offices not only in Chicago but also in New York, London, San Francisco, Washington, DC and Munich. Fernando sold the company to DRW Trading Group last year.
His work at Chopper Trading varied from planning, putting services into operation and administering risk management to buying and selling as well as keeping an eye on the financial industry’s source code safety measures.
Earlier this year Fernando launched an Internet startup, Scoutahead.com, he developed as a platform for both individuals and companies to acquire confidential information and reviews from the people they trust. Fernando functions as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
In addition to his business proficiency, Fernando’s philanthropy efforts encompass the Brookings Institute’s Foreign Policy Leadership Committee, the American Security Project and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He has also been a contributor to Wounded Warriors and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago.
His generosity also extends to political contributions to Democratic candidates, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and he serves on the Board for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Board for PAWS Chicago.