FADI CHEHADÉ, Chairman

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Fadi Chehadé is Chairman and CEO at Chehadé & Company.He also serves as the Senior Advisor to Prof. Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, on the Digital Economy and Society. Fadi is also Senior Advisor to ABRY Partners in Boston, a private equity firm focused solely on media, communications, and digital business/information services investments. He is a director on the boards of two ABRY portfolio companies: Sentry Data Systems, a leader in healthcare technology solutions, and Vocado LLC, a cloud-based education software company Fadi founded in 2007.

Fadi is also a fellow at both Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government. He works closely with the faculty and students of these leading institutions to explore innovations in digital governance. He is also a board member at the University of Southern California’s Center for Public Diplomacy.

Prior to founding Chehadé & Company, he was the President and CEO of ICANN, the global authority managing the Internet's logical infrastructure, which ensures one Internet for the world. During his 4-year tenure at ICANN, he led the globalization of the organization, strengthened its operations, and expanded the global trust and legitimacy of its transnational role. He also guided ICANN's historic path to independence working closely with its community for two years, culminating in the successful delivery of a final proposal for ICANN's independence and accountability to the U.S. Government.

Fadi also founded and led several companies in the digital space, including Viacore which was acquired by IBM in 2006. Before that, he founded and served as the first CEO of RosettaNet, an IT Industry Coalition establishing pioneering standards for eBusiness in the late 1990s.

He received an M.S. in Engineering Management from Stanford University and a B.S. in Computer Science summa cum laude from New York University's Polytechnic.