Raj Fernando

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Raj Fernando is CEO of Chopper Trading, a Chicago-based trading firm he founded in 2002. Prior to Chopper, Raj held a variety of trading positions at both the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade, where he worked on the floor from 1996 -2003, and has been a member since 1997.

Raj serves on the board of directors for the American Security Project as well as the Foreign Policy Program Leadership Committee at The Brookings Institution.

Raj is an advocate for a broad range of philanthropic efforts in Chicago and across the country. He is a governing member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Additionally, he is an energetic supporter of the Steppenwolf Theatre and the Illinois Holocaust Museum, among other organizations.

Raj graduated from Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, with bachelor’s degrees in economics and history.

You can check out Raj’s blog here:  http://www.rajivfernando.com/

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