Selected as Young Global Leader Class of 2011 – World Economic Forum

I’m incredibly honored to be selected as a Young Global Leader (YGL) Class of 2011 for the World Economic Forum (WEF).

From the official announcement:
The YGL class of 2011 is composed of 190 Young Global Leaders from 65 countries and all stakeholders of society (business, civil society, social entrepreneurs, politics and government, arts and culture, and opinion and media). The new class represents all regions. The Young Global Leaders reflect different kinds of leadership in different parts of the world and society. Set up as an independent not-for-profit foundation, under the supervision of the Swiss Government, the Forum of Young Global Leaders works in close cooperation with the World Economic Forum to integrate young leaders into deep interaction with other stakeholders of global society.

The others from Japan include:

  • Kanae Doi (土井香苗), Director – Japan Human Rights Watch
  • Masatada Kobayashi (小林正忠), Director and Senior Executive Officer – Rakuten Inc.
  • Shinjiro Koizumi (小泉進次郎), Member of the House of Representatives
  • Haruo Miyagi (宮城治男), President – ETIC (Entrepreneurial Training for Innovative Communities)
  • Ken Noguchi (野口健), Alpinist
  • Yoshikazu Tanaka (田中良和), Chief Executive Officer – Gree.jp
  • Kouichi Yamauchi (山内康一), Member of the House of Representatives
  • Naoko Yamazaki (山崎直子), Astronaut – Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Here is a brief text of the letter I received:
It is with great pleasure that we inform you that you have been honoured as a Young Global Leader (YGL) 2011. This honour is bestowed by the World Economic Forum each year to recognize the most distinguished young leaders nominated below the age of 40 from around the world.

The Selection Committee, chaired by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, selected you after carefully screening the profiles of thousands of young leaders from every region of the world and from a myriad of disciplines and sectors. Your nomination is in recognition of your record of professional accomplishments, your commitment to society and your potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world through your inspiring leadership.

Klaus Schwab
Executive Chairman

William Saito
Special Advisor at Cabinet Office (Govt. of Japan)
Named by Nikkei as one of the “100 Most Influential People for Japan,” Saito began software programming at an early age and started his own company 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 encryption, biometric authentication and cyber security.

After selling his business to Microsoft, he moved to Tokyo in 2005 and founded InTecur, a venture capital firm and consultancy that identifies innovative technologies, develops global talent and helps entrepreneurs become successful. In 2013, Saito was appointed a Special Advisor to the Cabinet Office for the Government of Japan.

Similarly, in 2012 he served as a council member on national strategy for the Cabinet-level National Policy Unit, and prior to that, was named as the Chief Technology Officer for the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission (NAIIC). He is a Foundation Board Member at the World Economic Forum (WEF), and has been named by the WEF as both a Young Global Leader and Global Agenda Council member.

Saito also advises several national governments around the globe. In Japan, he has also served as an advisor to METI, MIC, MEXT, MLIT, AIST, IPA and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), among others.

He teaches at multiple universities, serves on several corporate boards, appears as a commentator on national TV and is the author of numerous publications in addition to writing a weekly column for a prominent Japanese business newspaper. His best-selling management book, The Team: Solving the Biggest Problem in Japan, was published by Nikkei BP in 2012, his follow-on book, Is Your Thinking up to Global Standards?, was published by Daiwa Shobo in late 2013 and his autobiography, An Unprogrammed Life: Adventures of an Incurable Entrepreneur, was published in 2011 by John Wiley & Sons.

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