St. Gallen Symposium

I’m helping the St. Gallen Symposium gather student nominations. This is a great program I participated in last year. The 41st St. Gallen Symposium, a student initiative organized by the International Students’ Committee (ISC), takes place from 12 – 13 May, 2011, at the University of St. Gallen. The main topic this year is “Just Power.” Two hundred Leaders of Tomorrow encounter 600 Leaders of today from all over the world and debate this year’s topic, “Just Power.” In the past, distinguished personalities, such as Dr. Josef Ackermann, Deutsche Bank AG; Prof. Niall Ferguson, Harvard University; Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Minister of Finance of Singapore; and Prof. Dr. Robert John Aumann, Nobel Laureate, contributed to the inspiring, intergenerational dialogue with the Leaders of Tomorrow. One hundred graduate and postgraduate students have the opportunity to qualify for participation as a Leader of Tomorrow at the St. Gallen Symposium until 1st February 2011 by submitting a contribution to the student competition, which was established 22 years ago. The three most outstanding pieces of work will receive the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award, which is endowed with a EUR 20,000.– prize, and will be presented by the authors of the prize. Additional information can be found at:

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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