Fernando is one of the few prominent individuals who started their career while in college. He began working as a volunteer at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Later, Raj worked his way up in different departments at Chicago board of trade from 1991 to 2001. He founded chopper trading in 2002. Under the governorship of Raj Fernando, Chopper Trading grew to employ more than 250 staff members and traded on various recognized firms such as CME, Nasdaq, LSE, ICE, Eurex Cantor Fitzgerald-espeed, and ICAP-Broketek.
Raj Fernando graduated from Beloit College with a bachelor’s degree in economics and history. He also attended the London University College.
Fernando made an enormous contribution to the work of the US Commodity Trading Future Commissions. He supports its mission of nurturing open, transparent, competitive and financially sound markets. In 2010, Fernando was appointed to speak as a panelist on the Commission’s discussion of disruptive trading behaviors. In 2015 Chopper Trading was sold to DRW Trading Group, another trading company that is based in Chicago. After selling his trading firm, Fernando launched an internet start-up known as Scoutahead. The company was designed to improve corporate and professional development and productivity with the help of secure and innovative communication system.
Raj Fernando takes part in several philanthropic activities in Chicago and the United States. He is a member of the Chicago Symphony board of trustees and serves on the PAWS Chicago board of directors. Raj is also a greater contributor to Clinton Foundation, Wounded Warriors and Big Brother Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago. Raj Fernando is the owner and chief executive officer of Scoutahead.com; he is also the ex-founder of Chopper Trading Company. Mr. Raj is a professional in the international financial markets and technological innovation that is actively involved in foreign policy organization. He is currently working as a member of the Foreign Policy Leadership Committee at the Brookings Institute. Fernando also works at the American Security Project as a board member. The president of the American security project Mr. Stephen Cheney claimed that the expertise of Fernando in cyber security is a perfect asset to the national security of their nation.