Raj Fernando is an expert in technology innovation and international financial markets. He is the founder and the CEO of Scoutahead. Before forming Scoutahead.com, he founded Chopper Trading a Chicago-based proprietary firm where he served as the President and the Chief Executive Officer. Raj is also actively involved and takes part in foreign policy organizations.
Before selling Chopper Trading to DRW Trading Group, he served as the chief executive officer, and he also designed and implemented some of the most sophisticated risk management including trading, communication, and monitoring source code security system in the firm.
Within a period of a decade, Raj raised Chopper Trading to one of the largest market participants trading in the global exchange. In 2015 Raj sold Chopper Trading to DRW Trading group another Chicago-based leading financial firm.
In 2016 Raj launched Scoutahed.com. ; An internet start-up company. The company is designed to deliver trusted and confidential feedback and responses to organizations and individuals and as a result to increase professional and corporate growth and productivity. Raj is the chief executive officer and the chairperson of Scoutahead.
Currently, Raj Fernando serves on the foreign policy leadership committee at Booking Institute and is also a member of the Board of Directors for the American Security Project. He also participates in Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Raj supports various philanthropic activities in the United States and Chicago. Raj is a member of trustees in Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Other charitable projects include PAWS Chicago, a no-kill animal shelter. He actively supported wounded warriors, Clinton Foundation and big brother big sister of Metropolitan Chicago.
Raj is also politically active and has supported various presidential candidates. In 2003 he made a political contribution to Democratic Party. In 2008 he fundraised for Obama presidential campaign. And currently, he has supported and fundraised for Hilary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Raj studied at Beloit College where he earned Bachelor’s degree in Economic. He further studied at University College London. He started working at Chicago Mercantile Exchange as a volunteer where he served in various positions and also was in Chicago Board of Trade.