Fadi Chehadé is a Partner at ABRY Partners in Boston, a middle-market private equity firm focused on media, communications, and digital businesses. He is an advisory board member with the World Economic Forum’s Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution that focuses on maximizing the benefits of science and technology for society. He is also a member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation that will advance proposals to strengthen international cooperation in the digital space.
Fadi serves on the corporate boards of Sentry Data Systems and Interactions LLC, and the advisory board of the University of Southern California’s Center on Public Diplomacy.
For the prior two years, Fadi was a Senior Advisor to Prof. Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, where he focused on public-private cooperation to address issues affecting the digital economy.
While as a research fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and visiting fellow of practice at Oxfords’ Blavatnik School of Government, Fadi worked with faculty and students to explore innovations in digital governance.
In 2016, Fadi concluded his 4-year tenure leading ICANN, the global authority managing the Internet's logical infrastructure, which ensures ‘one’ Internet for the world. As President and CEO of 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 transition to an independent transnational institution governed jointly by private, public, and civic stakeholders.
Fadi has founded and led several companies in the digital space including: Vocado LLC acquired by Oracle in 2018 and Viacore purchased by IBM in 2006. He also 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, Fadi has held several industry posts at global corporations like AT&T, Ingram, and IBM, where he was General Manager of IBM Global Technology Services in the Middle East and Africa.
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.
Fadi is bicoastal - dividing his time between Los Angeles and Boston.
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Read: Published on Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government blog site, “Digital norms: co-governance for a trusted digital world” where Fadi proposes a digital co-governance system to address current and future digital issues buffeting the world.
View: TED interview, What everyday citizens can do to claim power on the Internet.
Book Fadi for public speaking: Harry Walker Agency