Raj Fernando is the founder and CEO of Scoutahead.com and the former founder and CEO of Chopper Trading. An expert in international financial markets and technological innovation, Fernando is actively involved in foreign policy organizations. He currently serves on the Foreign Policy Leadership Committee at the Brookings Institute as well as on the Board of Directors for the American Security Project and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Fernando began his career as a volunteer at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange while he was in college. After graduating, he worked his way up from the lowest position to the very top. Following several years of various trading positions at the Chicago Board of Trade, Fernando founded Chopper Trading in 2002.
By 2004, Fernando stopped trading full time to make Chopper Trading the technological powerhouse that it ultimately became. As CEO, Fernando designed, implemented and managed some of the most sophisticated risk management, communications, trading, monitoring and source code security systems in the financial industry.
Over the course of more than a decade, Fernando grew Chopper Trading into one of the largest market participants trading on the biggest global exchanges including the CME, Nasdaq, LSE, ICE, and Eurex. With approximately 250 employees worldwide, the company comprised many of the brightest engineers and traders in the world. In 2015, Chopper was sold to DRW – a global leader in the financial industry.
In 2016, Fernando launched Scoutahead.com™, an internet start-up he developed to deliver the most trusted information to companies and individuals in order to increase corporate and professional growth and productivity.
With twenty five years of experience and expertise in the international financial markets and over a decade of experience leading cyber security initiatives, Fernando provides exceptional insights and counsel for his own companies as well as the boards and organizations he serves.
Fernando also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Board of Directors for PAWS Chicago, a no-kill animal shelter.
Fernando earned bachelor’s degrees in economics and history from Beloit College and also studied at University College London.