Raj Fernando is a creative trader, investor, public speaker, and an established philanthropist. Apart from holding powerful executive positions at numerous trading companies, he has launched his startups. He founded Chopper Trading in 2002 and served as its CEO until 2015 when he sold it DRW Trading Group, a premier trading firm headquartered in Chicago. In 2016, the technology specialist launched Scoutahead, an Internet startup that focuses on boosting professional growth and institutional productivity.
Raj ventured into the trading world while he was still pursuing his college studies. He worked as a volunteer at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and moved to Chicago Board of Trade. He managed to ascend to the top positions in both firms. Raj was instrumental in transforming his former company (Chopper Trading) into a trusted market leader within a decade. The company hired over 250 workers and traded on globally recognized platforms such as Fitzgerald-espeed, LSE, and Eurex.
Roles in the arena of trading
Raj Fernando offered endless support to the US Commodity Trading Futures Commission (CFTC). Specifically, he supported CFTC’s mission of developing open, accountable, highly competitive, and financially firm markets. He featured on CFTC’s discussion on unsystematic trading practices as a guest speaker. In 2013, Raj spoke to a global audience of media personalities and shareholders at a private industry forum known as Rosenblatt Global Exchange Leader Conference usually held on annual basis.
Board membership and education background
Raj promotes his businesses to the public and establishes strong connections for them by sitting on the boards of prominent companies and charitable organizations. Both PAWS Chicago (animal shelter) and Foreign Leadership Committee in charge of making tough decisions on behalf of Brookings Institution have benefited from Raj’s unparalleled experience and in-depth background in trading. In 2011, he became part of International Security Advisory Board that specialized in offering insights and guidance to the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. However, he stepped down to focus his attention on the global markets that, according to him, were excessively volatile. Raj is a talented academician, holding an undergrad in history and economics from Beloit College. He has an advanced degree from the celebrated University College of London.