Raj Fernando Sets the Pace for Traders in the Chicago’s Proprietary Trading Sector

Raj Fernando is an entrepreneur and philanthropist, who currently serves as the chief executive officer and chair of Scoutahead.com. He was born to CK and Laura Fernando in Denmark. His parents relocated to the US when Raj was just one-year-old. Raj Fernando is an alumnus of Beloit College where he graduated with economics and history degrees.

Work Background

Raj first worked as a volunteer at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. His dedication enabled him to be promoted to different trading job positions when working for the institution. Based on the knowledge and experience he garnered from the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Raj founded Chopper Trading and became its chief executive officer in 2002.

Under Raj’s management, Chopper Trading currently comprises of 250 workers and has earned several international accolades. The company also participates in ICE, EUREX and NASDAQ exchanges. Raj has been acknowledged by the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission for offering insights on trading practices in 2010. In a move to empower the proprietary trading sector of Chicago, Raj decided to sell his company to DRW Trading Group in 2015. Later in 2016, he started Scoutahead.com

Foreign Policy and Political Contributions

Raj sits on the American Security Project Board, Brookings Institution Foreign Policy Leadership Committee, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs board. He earned a membership status to the board of the American Security Project due to his cyber security expertise. Besides his trading career, Raj has developed, executed, and directed security systems in the past.

Raj fundraised for both Barrack Obama and Hilary Clinton during the 2008 presidential campaigns. He donated $9,400 to Hilary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, and $30,000 to WomenCount, which supports female Democratic political aspirants.


Raj supports the Clinton Foundation, and he has contributed more than $100,000 to the organization. Other non-profit organizations that he supports include the Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Wounded Warriors. He is a board member of both PAWS Chicago and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Raj has dedicated a significant percentage of his donation towards charitable foundations that champions the right of homeless animals.

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