Raj Fernando is an expert in global financial market and technology security and innovation. He is equally knowledgeable and experienced in foreign policy and known for his philanthropy. He began his career in the Chicago Mercantile Exchange as a volunteer during his time at Beloit University. After graduating with degrees in economics and history, he climbed the ladder at the Chicago Mercantile exchange, then spent seven years with the Chicago Board of Trade.
In 2002, Fernando founded Chopper Trading. According to the company’s website, they are a “technology-based proprietary trading firm without any clients, customers, or shareholders.” The firm trades in major global exchanges, including: CME, Eurex, Nasdaq, LSE and ICE. The notable Chicago-based trading firm DRW acquired Chopper Trading in 2015.
Following the acquisition, Fernando founded Scoutahead.com, a polling and review website for individuals and organizations. Users can use the platform to grow and gain insight using professional reviews or polls to gauge individuals’ feelings on specific subjects.
Raj Fernando is said to have a lengthy and involved hiring process in order to find compatible employees that will enjoy their work with the company enough to stay until retirement. Because much of his work is stressful, he attempts to create a casual atmosphere for his employees where they can socialize together after work and wind down. He targets employees who contribute positive energy to the work environment.
As much as he is known for his financial expertise, Fernando is also quite involved in foreign policy and philanthropy. He is a massive fundraiser for the Democratic party. Chopper Trading was one of the largest contributors to the Obama campaign. He served on the International Security Advisory Board, which advised Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but stepped down amid questions regarding his qualifications. He currently serves on the Foreign Policy Leadership Committee at the Brookings Institute and is on the Board of Directors for the American Security Project and the Chicago Counsel of Global Affairs. He is also on the Board of Trustees for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Board of Directors for a no-kill animal shelter.