William H. Saito
President and Chief Executive Officer
Studies in Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles. Entrepreneurial evangelist, business energizer, policy adviser, serial venture capitalist and educator. Founder, I/O Software; built it into a global leader in information security; acquired by Microsoft in 2004. Then Founder, InTecur, a global consultancy that helps clients worldwide optimize applications for innovative technologies. Adviser to G-8 governments on information security and innovation policy. Currently, Commissioner, National Policy Unit (NPU), Cabinet Office of Japan; the NPU reports directly to the prime minister and acts as a command centre to promote cross-ministerial planning and coordination; it was created to enhance political leadership and has two main functions - plan and coordinate basic frameworks for tax, fiscal policy and economic management and draw up special policies for the prime minister, and research and analyse both domestic and international issues and submit policy proposals to the prime minister. University lecturer. Recipient of awards, including: Entrepreneur of the Year, Ernst & Young (1998). William Saito has spent the past two decades shaping information security policy, establishing and selling companies, and managing public corporations. While still in medical school, he founded I/O Software and built it into a global leader in information security, earning recognition as Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998 by Ernst & Young. After Microsoft acquired the firm in 2004, Saito moved to Japan and founded InTecur, a management consultancy that helps established and venture companies to identify and create new markets for innovative technologies. He also advises several Japanese government agencies, lectures at the nation's most prestigious universities and comments regularly on policy issues in speeches and high-profile essays and on national TV. Recently, Saito was named a Council Member on National Strategy and Policy for the National Policy Unit, a cabinet-level organization that reports directly to the Prime Minister of Japan. He is also working on the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission, the first such commission ever appointed by Japan's national legislature.