Raj Fernando is a businessman, philanthropist, and political fundraiser, best known as the current serving Chairman and Chief Executive officer at Scoutahead.com. He started his career working as a volunteer for Chicago Mercantile Exchange, while still in college. In 2002, through the experience and knowledge gained while volunteering at Chicago Mercantile Exchange and trading positions at Chicago Board of Trade, Mr. Fernando founded his Chopper trading company. In 2004, he stopped trading and devoted his time to making his new trading company a success. In his quest of creating and advancing his company’s technological resources, Raj Fernando designed and created the most complex risk management, monitoring, trading, and source code security programs in the financial industry.
Serving as the Chief Executive Officer in a period of 10 years, he was able to grow the platform to be the largest global trading market participants. The platform included global trading exchanges in Nasdaq, ICE, Cantor Fitzgerald-espeed, CME, and ICAP-Broketek. Through his unique way of hiring and favourable working environments, Mr. Fernando had brought together a team of around 250 best engineers and traders in the world. He has participated in working at US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), where he had been invited as a panellist to discuss on ways to support openness, competitiveness, and transparency in the markets. He was an active participant in forums and conferences that pertained to the industry.
In 2013, he was invited to address a global audience at Rosenblatt global Exchange Leader Conference, which is an annual conference that brings together shareholders, from all parts of the world. In 2015, Chopper Trading was acquired by DRW, a leader in the global financial markets. Mr. Fernando went on to build an internet-based start-up Scoutahead.com, which would work on the basis of providing reliable information to young entrepreneurs and small businesses to ensure growth and professionalism in the productivity process. He brings together his twenty-five years experience and knowledge gained working in the financial industry, and the expertise from his ten years working in the cyber security department to give guidance and advice to client organisations, and prospective entrepreneurs.