Raj Fernando

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Raj Fernando
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Occupation Founder and CEO
Employer Scoutahead
Location Chicago
Twitter @raj_fernando_
Facebook RajFernandoRF
LinkedIn Profile
Website https://scoutahead.com/

Raj Fernando is the founder and chief executive officer of Scoutahead.[1] Prior to Scoutahead, he was the Founder and CEO of Chopper Trading.[2]

Background

While still in college, Fernando began his career as a volunteer at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, later working his way up in various positions there and at the Chicago Board of Trade from 1991 to 2001. In 2002, he started Chopper Trading. [3][4][5]

Under his leadership, Chopper Trading grew to over 250 employees and traded on the CME, Nasdaq, LSE, ICE, Eurex, Cantor Fitzgerald-espeed, and ICAP-Broketek.[6][7]

Fernando contributed to the work of the US Commodity Trading Futures Commission (CFTC), supporting its mission of fostering open, transparent, competitive, and financially sound markets.[8][9] In 2010, Fernando spoke as a featured panelist on the Commission’s discussion of disruptive trading practices.[10]

In 2013, Fernando addressed an international audience of shareholders and media at the annual Rosenblatt Global Exchange Leader Conference, an exclusive industry forum.[11]

In 2015, Fernando sold Chopper Trading to DRW Trading Group, another Chicago-based trading firm.[12]

In 2016, Fernando launched the Internet startup, Scoutahead, a company designed to improve corporate and professional growth and productivity through secure and advanced communication systems. Fernando is the CEO and Chairman of Scoutahead.[13][14]

Fernando supports many philanthropic efforts in Chicago and the United States.[15] He is on the board of trustees of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and serves on the board of directors for PAWS Chicago, a no-kill animal shelter.[16][17] He has also supported the Clinton Foundation, Wounded Warriors, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago. [18][19]

Fernando sits on the board of directors for the American Security Project, is a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and serves on the Foreign Policy Leadership Committee at the Brookings Institution. In 2011, he was appointed to the International Security Advisory Board which advised then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but subsequently stepped down citing excessive volatility in the international markets at the time.[20][21]

Education

Fernando graduated from Beloit College with a bachelor's degree in economics and history.[22] He also studied at the University College London.[23]

References

  1. Hillary Clinton in Chicago today for rally, fundraisers. Chicago Sun Times.
  2. Why Raj Fernando recruits only "A" players for Chopper Trading. Smart Business.
  3. Clinton Raises $450,000 at Fundraiser by Raj Fernando. India West.
  4. Raj Fernando. American Security Project.
  5. Running a Proprietary HFT Firm. HFT Review.
  6. Company Overview of Chopper Trading LLC. Bloomberg.
  7. Raj Fernando. Chopper Trading.
  8. Mission & Responsibilities. CFTC.
  9. Staff Roundtable On Disruptive Trading Practices. CFTC.
  10. Conservative Media Run With Faulty ABC Report To Allege Hillary Clinton “Sold A Seat” On An Intelligence Advisory Board. Media Matters.
  11. 6th Annual Global Exchange Leader Conference. Rosenblatt Securities Inc..
  12. DRW Trading to buy rival Chopper Trading. Crain’s Chicago Business.
  13. Hillary Clinton in Chicago today for rally, fundraisers. Chicago Sun Times.
  14. Scoutahead FAQ. Scoutahead.
  15. Raj Fernando. Youtube.com.
  16. At Chopper Trading, philanthropy is guided by the heart as well as the head. Crain’s Chicago Business.
  17. Symphony Ball celebrates CSO's 125th season. Chicago Tribune.
  18. Contributor and Grantor Information. Clinton Foundation.
  19. At Chopper Trading, philanthropy is guided by the heart as well as the head. Crain’s Chicago Business.
  20. How Clinton Donor Got on Sensitive Intelligence Board. ABC News.
  21. Clinton donor received top spot on State Department intel board. CNN.
  22. Raj Fernando. BusinessWeek.
  23. Why Raj Fernando recruits only "A" players for Chopper Trading. Smart Business.
Last modified on 7 September 2016, at 04:01