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Chehade to join World Economic Forum

Kevin Murphy, January 22, 2016, 14:25:23 (UTC), Domain Policy

Outgoing ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade is to join the World Economic Forum as a senior advisor, WEF announced today.

The person he will advise is Klaus Schwab, WEF’s founder and executive chairman, according to a press release.

WEF is the Switzerland-based non-profit think tank famous for its annual summits in Davos, where world leaders and super-rich businesspeople congregate in order to shed their skin-suits and plot world domination whilst in their true reptilian form.

Chehade, it seems, will be primarily involved in the “Global Challenge Initiative on the Future of the Internet”, a WEF project (pdf) focusing on internet governance, access, cybercrime and so on.

This year’s Davos meeting has been taking place this week. Much of the attention has been focused on pressing humanitarian and economic issues such as the Syrian refugee crisis and European Union immigration policy.

Chehade announced he was leaving ICANN in May last year.

He’s suspected of suffering from ICANN burnout after just a few short, albeit transformational, years on the job.

He said in August he’s taking on a role with Boston-based private equity firm ABRY Partners.

Last month, he became a joint founder of the “Wuzhen Initiative”, a China-led internet governance talking shop along the same lines as the NetMundial Initiative.

His successor has yet to be named, but given Chehade is leaving in March the announcement cannot be too many weeks away.

He starts at WEF April 1.

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Comments (2)

  1. Rubens Kuhl says:

    One of the initiative’s events this year is March 6 in Morocco, “Africa Digital Economy Dialogue”… while ICANN has its meeting from March 5 to March 10.

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