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  Speaker Biographies

Nick Cull (Course Director/Professor USC Annenberg)

Prof. Nicholas J. Cull is director of the USC Master’s Program in Public Diplomacy at USC Annenberg. He is well-known teacher, writer and researcher on the international aspects of media history and practice. He has written widely on the history of propaganda and public diplomacy including two volumes on the history of the United States Information Agency. He is a regular guest speaker at foreign ministries and diplomatic academies around the world including those of Canada, Mexico, South Africa, China, India, South Korea, Switzerland, Britain and the Foreign Service Institute of the US Department of State. He is so-editor of the Journal of Place Branding and Public Diplomacy (Palgrave) and president of the International Association for Media and History. He was born in London is an alumni of Leeds University.

Wolfgang Kleinwächter (Professor, Aarhus University, Denmark)

Prof. Wolfgang Kleinwächter is a Professor for International Communication Policy and Regulation at the Department for Media and Information Sciences of the University of Aarhus in Denmark where he teaches "Internet Policy and Regulation" since 1998. He has studied Communication, International Law and International Relations at the University of Leipzig. His Academic Teaching Experiences includes courses and lectures on Internet Governance at numerous universities around the globe, including, the School of International Services at American University in Washington D.C. and the Faculty of Journalism at Lomonossow University in Moscow. He is involved in Internet Governance issues since 1997 and has participated - in various capacities - in 45 ICANN meetings. He is the author of over 100 international publications, including 7 books. He was born in Zwickau, East Germany.

Joseph Nye (University Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard)

Joseph S. Nye Jr. is a University Distinguished Service Professor and former Dean of the Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He is best-known for his coinage of the term ‘Soft Power’ which has become central to much contemporary thinking on foreign policy. He received his bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Princeton University, won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, and earned a PhD in political science from Harvard. He has served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Chair of the National Intelligence Council, and Deputy Under Secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science and Technology. His most recent books include The Power to Lead; The Future of Power; Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era; and Is the American Century Over. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the British Academy, and the American Academy of Diplomacy. He is originally from New Jersey.

Fadi Chehadé (former CEO of ICANN)

Fadi Chehadé is the outgoing president and CEO of ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). Since taking office in 2012 he has built ICANN’s global presence as a public benefit corporation working to keep the internet whole and interoperable and has been particularly associated with the transition of the IANA contract away from the oversight of the US government to the stewardship of the global internet community. Prior to joining ICANN Chehadé was a successful internet entrepreneur and executive. His posts included CEO of Vocado LLC. He was born in Beruit into an Egyptian family and is an alumni of both NYU and Stanford.