Raj Fernando was born in July 1971 in Denmark, and he was the youngest in a family of three. The family, later on, moved to the United States.Raj Fernando graduated from Beloit College with bachelor’s degree in history and economics. He also attended University College London.
Fernando began pursuing his career while still in college where he joined Chicago Mercantile Exchange as a volunteer. He exchanged various positions at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and later joined Chicago Board Trade where he served from 1991 to 2001.
In 2002 Fernando established Chopper Trading where he acted as the chief executive officer of the company. Chopper Trading is a Chicago-based proprietary trading organization that dealt with fixed income, equities, and various products. Raj as the CEO of the company designed, implemented and also managed various risk managements, trading, monitoring and code security systems.
During this period Chopper Trading traded with various trading firms including Eurex, CME, ICE, and LSE. The company kept thriving, and it was the world’s largest global exchange with around 2500 employees across the globe. In 2015 January, Fernando sold Chopper Trading to another Chicago-based trading firm known as DRW.
In 2016, Fernando founded and launched Scoutahead.com an internet startup firm where he serves as the CEO and the chairman. Scoutahead is a company designed and implemented to improve professional and corporate growth and productivity using advanced and secure communication systems.
Raj Fernando is also politically active and productive; he is a political participant, donor, and fundraiser. Since 2003 he has made political contributions to various Democratic candidates. In 2008 he fundraised for Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. He also contributed for Obama’s presidential candidature. He has also made various contributions to different political organizations including women count which is a political committee.
Fernando has a passion for giving and supporting philanthropic events. He has funded various agencies including supporting wounded warriors, the Steppenwolf Theatre and big brothers big sisters amongst others.
Fernando sits as a board member of American Security Project; he also serves on the Foreign Policy Leadership Committee, and he is also on Global Affairs at Chicago Council.