Raj Fernando is a professional in technological innovation and global financial markets. He actively participates in the organization of foreign policies. Currently, he is part of Brookings Institute’s Foreign Policy Leadership Committee. He is also a member of American Security Project’s Board of Directors. Fernando’s professional expertise and cumulative experience in cyber security have been termed as a great asset for national security by veteran Brigadier General, Stephen Chen, the CEO and President of American Security Project.
Education and career history
Fernando was able to create a tactical balance between work and school. During his college life, he volunteered at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. His effort paid off, and Fernando ascended to various top positions. Eventually, he joined Chicago Board of Trading and served until 2001. He became a part-time trader to focus on expanding his firm, Chopper Trading. Fernando oversaw the growth of Chopper Trading from its infancy to more than 250 workers and traded on LSE, Eurex, CME, Cantor Fitzgerald-espeed, NASDAQ, and ICAP-Broketek.
Fernando’s impact in the corporate world
Fernando was an active supporter of US Commodity Trading Futures Commission (CFTC), backing its mission of promoting open, accountable, competitive, and financially stable markets. In 2010, he was invited to speak on CFTC’s debate of disorderly trading practices. In 2010, he graced the yearly Rosenblatt Global Exchange Leader Conference as a guest speaker and addressed a global audience of media and shareholders.
Inception of Scoutahead.com
In 2015, DRW Trading Group acquired Fernando’s Chopper Trading. A year later, Fernando founded Scouthead.com, a prestigious Internet startup that specializes in enhancing institutional productivity and professional growth via secure and innovative communication systems. He is the Chairman and CEO of the Internet Startup.
Fernando offers philanthropic support to several charitable organizations in Chicago and throughout the U.S. Apart from financially supporting PAWS Chicago, an organization that champions animal rights; he serves on its board of director. He is also part of Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Board of Trustees. Foundations such as Wounded Warriors, Metropolitan Chicago-headquartered Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Clinton Foundation are some of the few beneficiaries of his charitable giving plan.