Raj Fernando is the founder and owner of Scoutahead.comTM, a firm that specializes in delivering reliable information to individuals and corporations to help them increase their productivity and achieve their investment goals. Barely a year since launching, Scoutahead.comTM is curving a top niche in the global corporate arena. Raj Fernando has unmatched experience of 25 years in the global financial market and more than a decade professional expertise of managing cyber security initiatives. He offers outstanding insights and guidance to individual investors, corporate investors, as well as his own firms.
Fernando holds degrees in History and Economics from Beloit College. He is also an alumnus of University College London. He is a well-organized individual who managed to strike a balance between education and volunteering. He was a volunteer at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. His effort paid off, and he obtained an entry-level position at the firm and ascended to the top.
From 1996 to 2001, Fernando served as a trader at the Chicago Board of Trade as well as Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He ventured into private business in 2002 by launching a proprietary trading company in Chicago that focused on equities, fixed incomes, and other products. During his tenure, Chicago Trading had a strong relevance on key U.S. exchanges such as CME, NYSE, CBOT, and globally on Eurex, ICE, and LSE.
Fernando was instrumental in the transformation of Chopper Trading into a heavyweight in the United States and international markets. He implemented and oversaw some of the most advanced risk management, trading, communications, and monitoring security systems in the financial service industry. The company had about 250 employees across the globe consisting of talented engineers and traders. While still serving as the CEO of Chopper Trading, Fernando was an active participant of trade and policy conferences around the world. During the Rosenblatt Global Exchange Leader Conference of 2013, he spoke to a global audience of media personalities and shareholders.
Philanthropic & political endeavors
Fernando makes a difference in Chicago and the U.S. through philanthropy work. He has supported and continues to support several community initiatives through funding and volunteering. He serves as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s governing member and participates actively in running the affairs of Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Fernando has financially supported several organizations such as Wounded Warriors, The Steppenwolf, and Chicago-based Big Brothers Big Sisters. He oversees fundraising activities for Democratic candidates and other party causes. He has played a significant role in raising money for the William J. Clinton Foundation and President Barack Obama.