Raj Fernando is the founder and CEO of Scoutahead.com. Besides Scoutahead.com, he is also the founder and CEO of Chopper Trading. He is proficient in technological innovation and international financial markets. While still pursuing his higher education, Raj commenced his career by offering his services at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange as a volunteer. Raj received an undergraduate degree in Economics and History from the Beloit College. He is also an alumnus of the University College of London. Due to his determination, Raj ascended to several influential positions. He served on the Chicago Board of Trade from 1999 to 2001 and then began Chopper Trading in 2002. His leadership role in Chopper Trading enabled the company to have more than 250 employees. The company is also traded on the ICAP-Broketek, Nasdaq, Cantor Fitzgerald-espeed, Eurex, ICE, LSE, and CME.
Fernando’s Achievements from 2010 to 2016
Fernando is a key contributor to the US Commodity Trading Futures Commission (CFTC). He contributes by supporting CFTC’s mission of establishing transparent, open, financially stable and competitive markets. In 2010, Fernando was chosen as the featured panelist of CFTC and spoke about the disruptive trading practices affecting the commission. Consequently, in 2013, he spoke to an audience of stakeholders and the press from different countries at the Global Exchange Leader Conference. Fernando launched an internet startup known as Scoutahead.com in 2016. The startup is designed to advance corporate growth as well as productivity by providing advanced and secure communication systems.
Philanthropic Endeavors and Senior Executive Roles
Raj Fernando openly supports several charitable organizations in Chicago. For instance, he is a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra board of trustees. Raj also belongs to PAWS Chicago board of directors. Other organizations that he supports include the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago, the Wounded Warriors, and the Clinton Foundation. Besides philanthropy, Fernando is a member of the American Security Project board of directors. The CEO of the American Security Project, retired USMC Brigadier Stephen Cheney, said that Fernando’s competency in cyber security is valuable to national security. Raj Fernando also belongs to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Brookings Institution Foreign Policy Leadership Committee.
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