Raj Fernando is a well-known U.S. based public policy expert and cyber-security professional. Interestingly, Mr. Raj did not consider either public policy or cyber-security as his career when he graduated from the University. In fact, he was initially interested in financial investment.
After graduation, in 2002, Raj Fernando began his career as a volunteer at the largest commodities exchange in the World, CME. Working at Chicago Mercantile Exchange, he quickly learned the skills of high-intensity trading conducted on the floor. Soon, the success followed as Raj took a permanent position at CME, where he continued to climb the corporate ladder, quickly. At the peak of his trading career, Raj held many trading positions at Chicago Board of Trade.
Despite his individual success as a trader, Raj became interested in the security concerns shown by several institutional investors and financial firms. As most of these firms traded billions of dollars every month, their main concern was security because it did not make sense to deal in billions of dollars when someone could easily steal important trading information of their high-profile clients. Acknowledging that there was a need to bridge the gap, Raj started focusing on evaluating the security risk generated from trading platforms.
Therefore, when Fernando founded Chopper Trading, he also offered his clients various advanced security mechanisms that were not found elsewhere. With the passage of time, Chopper Trading became a powerhouse of offering innovating products in security and risk management that were solely dedicated to companies operating in the financial industries.
His interest in cyber-security and related platforms caught the eye of National Security agencies of the United States. On the request of his contact, Raj Fernando started serving on the boards of various prominent political setups. For instance, he currently serves on the Foreign Policy Leadership Committee at the Brookings Institute. He is also actively involved in American Security Project and also provides policy guidance to organizations such as Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Recently, Raj sold Chopper Trading to DRW, another leader in financial service industry.