Mr. Chehadé serves as the Senior Advisor to Prof. Klaus Schwab, Chairman of the World Economic Forum, on the Digital Economy and Society. In this engagement, the focus is on leveraging the Forum's unique platform to enable a global system of partnerships, forming networks of private and public institutions to address issues of digital governance.
Mr. Chehadé 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, and apply them in practice through the platform enabled by the World Economic Forum.
Mr. Chehadé and the founder of Alibaba Mr. Jack Ma are also co-chairing the high-level advisory committee for China's World Internet Conference. This conference presents a valuable opportunity for cooperation between global stakeholders who participate in China's growing digital economy.
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.
Mr. Chehadé 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.
Over the last 30 years, Mr. Chehadé also held several industry posts at global corporations like AT&T, Ingram, and most recently, he was General Manager of IBM Global Technology Services in the Middle East and Africa. Mr. Chehadé is currently Senior Advisor to ABRY Partners in Boston, a private equity investment firm focused solely on media, communications, and business/information services investments. He also serves as Executive Chairman of Vocado LLC, a cloud-based education software company he founded in 2007.
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.
Mr. Chehadé's home base is Los Angeles, California.