William H. Saito named by Nikkei as one of the “100 Most Influential People for Japan,” began software programming in elementary school and started his own company while still in high school. By the time he was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998 (by Ernst & Young, NASDAQ and USA Today), he was recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on cybersecurity.
After selling his business to Microsoft, he moved to Tokyo in 2005 and founded InTecur, a venture capital firm. In 2011, he served as the Chief Technology Officer of the National Diet’s (Parliament) Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission. In 2012, Saito was appointed to a council on national strategy and policy that reported directly to the Prime Minister of Japan.
He is a Foundation Board Member, Young Global Leader and Global Agenda Council member for the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Saito also advises several national governments around the globe and currently serves on the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace.