USCIB is mourning the death of a long-time USCIB supporter, colleague and mentor Joseph Alhadeff. A USCIB Board member and Vice Chair of the ICT Policy Committee, Alhadeff passed away on May 27, following a long and very brave battle with a serious illness.
In the ICT and digital economy sphere, Alhadeff was a superb ambassador for Oracle as Vice President, Global Public Policy and Chief Privacy Strategist, as he extended himself beyond his daily responsibilities there to also serve as USCIB’s ICT Policy Committee Vice Chair for more than 15 years, while also chairing the ICC Digital Economy Commission (since 2013, after serving as Vice Chair since 2002), and BIAC’s Committee on Digital Economy Policy (since 2009, having served as a Vice Chair).
In all of these capacities, he provided intellectual guidance, policy leadership and rigorous precision on all aspects of digital economy policy, with a special focus on privacy and security. Alhadeff helped to build consensus on challenging issues about which USCIB members had divergent views—applying his innate grace, wisdom, competence and ever-present humor. The breadth of his knowledge and his skill in applying it to help shape policies that benefitted a broad cross-sector of ICT Policy Committee members is an ongoing inspiration, as is his generous mentoring of young professionals—and even “established professionals.”
“Joe’s passing is all the more remorseful to USCIB because he has for so long been part of our ‘family,’” said USCIB’s President and CEO Peter M. Robinson. Alhadeff began his career at USCIB in 1995 as director of e-commerce and legal counsel, at a time when USCIB was evaluating and then developing a practice to provide business leadership on issues related to use of the Internet. “With USCIB serving as his launch-pad, we watched Joe steadily grow as such a highly respected and sought-after professional all over the world. Words can be inadequate at times like this to express our profound sadness about the passing of a dear friend and strong contributor to the global business community,” noted Robinson.