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Rajiv K. Fernando

Self Description

June 2016: "Raj Fernando is the founder and CEO of and the former founder and CEO of Chopper Trading. An expert in international financial markets and technological innovation, Mr. Fernando is actively involved in foreign policy organizations. He currently serves on the Foreign Policy Leadership Committee at the Brookings Institute as well as on the Board of Directors for the American Security Project and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Mr. Fernando began his career as a volunteer at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange while he was in college. After graduating, he worked his way up from the lowest position to the very highest. Following several years of various trading positions at the Chicago Board of Trade, Mr. Fernando founded Chopper Trading in 2002.

By 2004, Mr. Fernando stopped trading full time to make Chopper Trading the technological powerhouse that it ultimately became. As CEO, Mr. Fernando designed, implemented and managed some of the most sophisticated risk management, communications, trading, monitoring and source code security systems in the financial industry.

Over the course of more than a decade, Mr. Fernando grew Chopper Trading into one of the largest market participants trading on the biggest global exchanges including the CME, Nasdaq, LSE, ICE, and Eurex. With approximately 250 employees worldwide, the company comprised many of the brightest engineers and traders in the world. In 2015, Chopper was sold to DRW – a global leader in the financial industry.

In 2016, Mr. Fernando launched™, an internet start-up he developed to deliver the most trusted information to companies and individuals in order to increase corporate and professional growth and productivity.

With twenty-five years of experience and expertise in the international financial markets and over a decade of experience leading cyber security initiatives, Mr. Fernando provides exceptional insights and counsel for his own companies as well as the boards and organizations he serves. CEO of the American Security Project, USMC retired Brigadier General Stephen Cheney, stated that “Raj Fernando’s expertise in cyber security is a great asset to our national security.”

Mr. Fernando also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Board of Directors for PAWS Chicago, a no-kill animal shelter.

Mr. Fernando earned bachelor’s degrees in economics and history from Beloit College and also studied at University College London."

Third-Party Descriptions

June 2016: "Then there's the story of Rajiv K. Fernando, a Chicago-based securities trader who was a fundraiser and donor to The Clinton Foundation. Fernando wound up getting himself a seat on the State Department's International Security Advisory Board -- giving him access to highly classified materials -- despite the fact that he didn't have any background in foreign affairs, ABC News reported last week."


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Director/Trustee/Overseer (past or present) American Security Project Organization Jun 26, 2016
Student/Trainee (past or present) Beloit College Organization Jun 26, 2016
Advisor/Consultant to (past or present) Brookings Institution, The (Brookings Institute) Organization Jun 26, 2016
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Founder/Co-Founder of Chopper Trading Organization Jun 26, 2016
Financial Supporter of (past or present) Clinton Foundation Organization Jun 26, 2016
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Founder/Co-Founder of Organization Jun 26, 2016
Student/Trainee (past or present) University College London (UCL) Organization Jun 26, 2016

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
Jun 22, 2016 Is Donald Trump right about Hillary Clinton?

QUOTE: ...Trump raised valid questions about Clinton's foreign policy positions, fund-raising practices and email quandary -- but he did so in his vintage over-the-top fashion, with so many personal insults that many will ignore or forget the substance of his criticism.

CNN (Cable News Network)