Raj Fernando, founder and CEO of Scoutahead, began his professional career as a volunteer who worked his way up at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and later took positions at the Chicago Board of Trade. He earned a bachelor’s degree in both economics and history from Beloit College and also studied at the University College London.
In 2002, he created Chopper Trading and by the time he sold it, in 2015, he had grown it to 250 employees; many of whom were some of the world’s brightest and most brilliant traders and engineers. Chopper Trading was also traded on the biggest global exchanges including the CME, ICE, Eurex, LSE, and Nasdaq and was one of the largest market participants.
Bringing a decade of experience leading cyber security initiatives and a full twenty-five years of experience and expertise in the international financial markets, Fernando currently is a part of the Board of Directors for the American Security Project and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and serves on the Foreign Policy Leadership Committee at the Brookings Institute. It has been noted that he brings a substantial amount of insight and experience with him to all of the organizations and boards he serves as well as his own businesses. USMC retired Brigadier General Stephen Cheney, CEO of the American Security Project, recognized Fernando when he said,” Raj Fernando’s expertise in cyber security is a great asset to our national security.”
On top of his business pursuits, Fernando is a well-known philanthropist who has donated large sums of money to nonprofit organizations that have helped not only people, but also animals. One of his basic philosophies, as stated by Fernando himself, is that, “When we see a good charity, we like to help.” This isn’t an exaggeration as he has been known to help with cancer treatment and research, arts and education, the rebuilding efforts of earthquake victims in Haiti, the March of Dimes, the Whittier Dreams Foundation, the Wounded Warrior Project, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago, and more. He also serves on the board of directors for PAWS Chicago, a no-kill animal shelter.