Named by Nikkei as one of the 100 Most Influential People for Japan, Saito 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), and is 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.
Later that year, he was named as both a Young Global Leader and Global Agenda Council member for World Economic Forum (WEF) and subsequently been named to its Foundation Board. In 2012, Saito was appointed to a council on national strategy and policy that reported directly to the Prime Minister of Japan.
Saito also advises several national governments around the globe and is currently the Special Advisor to the Cabinet Office as well as to the Ministry of Economic Trade & Industry (METI) for the Government of Japan.
He went to medical school at UCLA and attended Harvard Kennedy School and currently serves on the boards of several companies, frequently appears as a commentator on TV as well as authoring six books and maintaining several publication columns. In 2016, Saito received the Medal of Honor from the Government of Japan for his work in the field of education.