Raj Fernando is an entrepreneur based in Chicago, Illinois. His educational background includes a dual degree in economics and history from Beloit College. Additionally, Mr. Fernando has completed courses at the University College of London.
The career of Raj Fernando begins at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He volunteered and interned at the CME while he was a student at Beloit College. Fernando would hold various positions working for the Chicago Board of Trade after completing college.
Eventually, Fernando started his own trading firm called Chopper Trading in the year 2002. He quickly built Chopper Trading into one of the most high tech firms in the financial sector. It would utilize new risk management technologies, state of the art communication platforms, new monitoring programs and advanced security protocols to get ahead of competition. In 2004, Raj Fernando was wholly focused on developing the technological aspect of Chopper Trading and left the world of financial markets for a time.
Raj Fernando would spend the next decade expanding Chopper Trading into a multinational firm. At its peak the trading and tech company had over 250 employees. It was involved in trading at exchanges located all over the world. The firm traded on Eurex, Nasdaq London Stock Exchange and other exchanges. In 2015, Fernando decided to sell the company he had worked so hard to build up. It was sold to multinational financial firm DRW that was also originally founded in Chicago.
The year 2016, saw Raj Fernando begin work in launching a new company. He launched Scoutahead.com in 2016, as his latest venture. It is an internet based company that focuses on information delivery to corporations and private individuals. Better information flow leads to better business sales and more productivity. This is the theme behind Scoutahead.com.
Raj Fernando is involved in philanthropy in the Chicago area. He is a board trustee member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He is also a board director of Paws in Chicago. This is an animal shelter, that does not kill any animals that it shelters. Mr. Fernando also serves as a board director at the Chicago Council for Global Affairs.