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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Fadi Chehade to join WEF as senior advisor




The outgoing President and Chief Executive Officer of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Fadi Chehadé, will by end of his tenure in March 2016, join the World Economic Forum (WEF), as senior advisor to the Executive Chairman, reports ITRealms.

Confirming this, the Head, Media and Public Engagement at WEF, Fon Mathuros, noted that as the driving force behind the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Internet is a catalyst for economic progress and social development, he they see the Forum’s future of the Internet initiative aimed at helping to strengthen trust in the digital world and to expand concrete cooperation on global challenges and opportunities.

Reacting to his latest migration step, Chehade expressed gratefulness for the opportunity to contribute to the World Economic Forum’s work, by way of advising the Global Challenge Initiative on the Future of the Internet. 

“I am deeply committed to doing everything I can to help ensure a trusted digital world, advancing global economic development and social progress for all. The Forum is uniquely positioned as an enabling platform to coalesce public, private and civic leaders and experts to form networks addressing the many economic and societal issues requiring global cooperation,” he said.

Klaus Schwab, the Founder and Executive Chairman of WEF pointed out that the Internet is a catalyst for the deep transformation of the global economy and society, stressing that the Forum’s work in this area will greatly benefit from Fadi Chehadé’s vision, counsel and drive in its efforts to advance progress through multistakeholder cooperation on some of the practical economic, social and security issues facing the international community.

ITRealms gathered that the Future of the Internet Initiative seeks to help shape the Internet as the trusted driver of human progress, safeguarding its open, globally integrated, highly distributed, and multistakeholder nature. Focused on enabling networks of multistakeholder cooperation, it will actively address economic and societal topics including digital trade, cybercrime and policies facilitating access for all. 

Before joining ICANN as its President and CEO in late 2012, Fadi Chehadé served as IBM’s General Manager for technology services in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. He also built several successful cloud-based companies in California and is expected to assume office on 1 April 2016.

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