Raj Fernando, Scoutahead CEO
Raj Fernando is the CEO and founder of Scoutahead. Before founding Scoutahead, he was the CEO and founder of Chopper Trading.
While still in college, Fernando volunteered and started working for Chicago Mercantile Exchange, later on, his way up in numerous positions at the Board of Trade in Chicago from 1991 to 2002. In 2002, he commenced the Chopper Trading Company.
Under his steady leadership, the Chopper trading grew to more than 250 employees and started trading in Eurex, ICE, LSE, Nasdaq, Cantor Fitzgerald-escaped, CME, and ICAP-Brooketek.
Raj Fernando contributed to work done by the US commodity in Trading Features Commission (CFTC), supporting the mission to foster transparent, open, competitive, and the financially sound markets. In 2010, Fernando had the privilege to speak as one of the featured panelists on the discussion of the Commission on the disruptive trading practices.
In 2013, Mr. Fernando addressed an international audience of the stakeholders and media at the yearly Leader Exchange Rosenbelt Global Conference, as the exclusive forum in the industry.
In 2015, Mr. Fernando sold the company, Chopper Trading, to DRW Trading Group that is also a Chicago Based Trading Company.
In 2016, Mr. Fernando Launched the Internet Startup, Scoutahead, a firm that is designed to improve professional and corporate growth and production through advanced and secure communication systems. Fernando is the Chairman and CEO of Scoutahead.
Raj Fernando is also in support of numerous philanthropic activities in the United States. He is among the board of trustee members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and is serving on the boards of directors for Chicago’s PAWS, a no-kill animal shelter. Mr. Fernando is also in support of the Clinton Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Wounded Warriors of metropolitan Chicago.
Fernando is sitting on the board of directors serving the American Security Project, serves on the Foreign Policy Leadership Committee at the Brookings Institution, and is a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. In 2011, he was appointed to the Advisory Board on International Security which advised Hilary Clinton, Secretary of State, but stepped sub sequentially down quoting extreme instability in global markets.