Global Advisory Roles

I have been working in an advisory capacity with various non-profit organizations, industry trade groups, and government-related agencies for almost two decades. In the past few years I have stepped up these activities, frequently advising both global and national policy organizations around the world. Most of this work involves discussions of security issues/risk management, entrepreneurism, innovation, and social issues, such as improving education and promoting women’s rights.

The following list is not exhaustive, but at least it shows my principal affiliations and advisory positions at this time, as well as some earlier background information for reference.

William Saito
Special Advisor at Cabinet Office (Govt. of Japan)
Within 23 wards, Tokyo, Japan | Management Consulting
Special Advisor (2013 - Present)
Cabinet Office, Government of Japan
1001-5000, Public Policy

The Cabinet Office, an agency in the Cabinet of Japan, is formally headed by the Prime Minister. It assists the general strategic functions of the Cabinet and is responsible for Economic and Fiscal Policy, Science and Technology Policy, IT Policy, National Defense, Disaster Management and Gender Equality.

Special Advisor (2016 - Present)
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Government Agency, 5001-10000, Government Administration

METI’s mission is to develop Japan’s economy and industry by focusing on promoting economic vitality in private companies and smoothly advancing external economic relationships, and to secure stable and efficient supply of energy and mineral resources.

Executive Officer (2017 - Present)
Japan Airlines
Public Company, 10001+, Airlines/Aviation

Working on helping create the new digital innovation group within Japan Airline.

Commissioner (2017 - Present)
Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC)

The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace will develop proposals for norms and policies to enhance international security and stability and guide responsible state and non-state behavior in cyberspace. The GCSC will engage the full range of stakeholders to develop shared understandings, and its work will advance cyber stability by supporting information exchange and capacity building, basic research, and advocacy.

Vice Chairman - Japan (2015 - Present)
Palo Alto Networks
Public Company, 1001-5000, Computer & Network Security
Global Future Councils (2016 - Present)
World Economic Forum
Non Profit, 501-1000, Nonprofit Organization Management

The World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Future Councils is the world’s foremost interdisciplinary knowledge network dedicated to promoting innovative thinking on the future. The network convenes the most relevant and knowledgeable thought leaders from academia, government, business and civil society to challenge conventional thinking and develop new insights and perspectives on the key global systems, as well as the impact and governance of key emerging technologies. In a global environment marked by short-term orientation and siloed thinking, the network fosters interdisciplinary and long-range thinking to support a sustainable and equitable future. Members of the network meet annually at the Annual Meeting for the Global Future Councils in the United Arab Emirates, and virtually several times a year to monitor trends, identify global risks, discuss ideas and explore interconnections between issues. They also develop recommendations and integrate their findings into World Economic Forum activities such as the Annual Meeting in Davos and regional and industry events, as well as into global decision-making processes.

Advisor - Education Reform Executive Commission (2015 - Present)
Ministry of Education, Japan

An advisory role in continuation of the commission first formed under the Prime Ministers office involved in reforming the education system for the country of Japan.

President & CEO (2007 - Present)
Privately Held, 2-10, Information Technology & Services

InTecur is a Tokyo-based consultancy founded to help clients in both the private and public sectors respond effectively to challenges in today's increasingly complex technological environment. We bring a strong background in the fields of information technology, product development, global corporate strategy and IT security to the task of helping manufacturers and organizations find and develop appropriate applications and markets for new technologies.

Science and Technology task force member (2014 - Present)
Cabinet Office - Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

In coordination with the Cabinet Office and the Tokyo metropolitan government, the task force will evaluate science, technology and innovation strategy in preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympic games. The task force's mission is to select world class Japanese innovations that will strengths & benefits both the Olympics games as well as society at-large after the games.

Executive Panel on Security Strategy Promotion for IT Utilization (2014 - Present)
National Information Security Center (NISC)

The National Information Security Center (NISC) was established as part of the Cabinet Secretariat to form information security policy strategies for Japan. The goal of NISC is to protect the information security of government organizations while improving the overall level of information security in Japan.

Visiting Researcher (2014 - Present)
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
Government Agency, 1001-5000, Research

The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), led by President Chubachi, is a public research institution funded by the Japanese government to a large extent. The present AIST is a rather new research organization established in 2001. However, AIST and its predecessor organizations have been contributing to society through continuous advancement in technologies and support to Japanese industries since 1882.

Advisor (2014 - Present)
Hakuhodo DY holdings Inc.
Public Company, 10001+, Marketing & Advertising

Hakuhodo Inc., founded in 1895, now stands at the center of a global advertising group that has more than 60 offices in 17 countries and regions around the world and 31 affiliates in Japan. The Hakuhodo group offers integrated marketing solutions that enable clients to successfully navigate the constantly changing landscapes of both domestic and global business. Our integrated marketing solutions link TV, newspaper, magazine, radio and other mass media marketing with relationship marketing that addresses individual sei-katsu-sha. This organic approach allows us to optimize our clients' marketing activities as a whole.

Advisory Board - Cyber Security Center (2013 - Present)
Partnership, 10001+, Accounting

PricewaterhouseCoopers (trading as PwC) is a multinational professional services network. It is the world's second largest professional services network helping organizations and individuals create the value they’re looking for. PwC a network of firms in 157 countries with more than 184,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax and advisory services.

Board of Director (2013 - Present)
Nissan Global Foundation

The purpose of the Foundation is to promote public welfare and economic growth by contributing to the science and technology progress with a view that scientific development with a comprehensive perspective is indispensable for the nation’s future.

Science and Technology Advisory Committee (STAC) (2013 - Present)
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
Government Agency, 5001-10000, Research

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is the lead agency for fostering world-class scientific research and talent for a vibrant knowledge-based and innovation-driven Singapore. A*STAR oversees 14 biomedical sciences and physical sciences and engineering research institutes, and six consortia & centres, located in Biopolis and Fusionopolis as well as their immediate vicinity.

Foundation Board Member (2012 - Present)
World Economic Forum
Non Profit, 501-1000, Nonprofit Organization Management

Founding curator (Japan) and Foundation Board Member of the Global Shapers Community. Through the unparalleled resources of the World Economic Forum, the Global Shapers Community will provide youth with a global platform to shape the future. Membership is diverse in demographics, geographical areas and sectors, but united by a common desire to channel the members’ tremendous energy and enthusiasm into building a more peaceful and inclusive world.

Director (2011 - Present)
Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation

An independent think tank is to conduct high-quality, independent research and analysis. Newly established on September 20, 2011, RJIF aims at providing innovative and practical recommendations toward the reconstruction of the Japanese socio-economic system. In and beyond this, the Foundation was conceived as a worldwide networking hub and incubator of ideas among opinion leaders, relevant organizations, and media outlets. More than ever, there is a growing need in Japan for a new and progressive approach to information and communication in order to engage citizens in a dynamic public dialogue and policy making process. RJIF thus takes the initiative in this vital effort of developing an international and trans-sector network to facilitate better access to reliable and actionable.

Senior Advisor (2010 - Present)
The Chertoff Group
Privately Held, 11-50, Defense & Space

As Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff worked closely with America’s most experienced intelligence experts and security professionals. Now a select group of them have joined him to form The Chertoff Group. Its aim is to provide business and government leaders with the same kind of high-level, strategic thinking and diligent execution that have kept the American homeland and its people safe since 9/11.

Director (2010 - Present)
j2 Global Communications Japan

j2 Global Communications provides a variety of business-critical communications and storage messaging services through its global communications/telephony/messaging network.

Director (2010 - Present)
Health and Global Policy Institute
Non Profit, 11-50, Think Tanks

HGPI was established in 2004 as an independent, non-profit, non-partisan private think-tank whose aim is to realize citizen-centered health policy. In subsequent years, increasing uncertainty due to the rapid aging of society and mounting government deficits has drawn considerable public attention to the issue of healthcare. Since the existing policy-making mechanism has proved incapable of producing effective solutions, HGPI works to make practical, independent health policy recommendations.

Research Advisor (2012 - Present)
Institute of Systems, Information Technologies and Nanotechnologies

ISIT was established on December 25, 1995, by permission of Minister of International Trade and Industry under the provision of Civil Code Article 34. ISIT promotes information technology industries and the development of economy and society in the Kyushu area. Principal Research is our main research, which is long-term and strategic. Now, ISIT mainly researches two themes, "System Design Methodology" and "Software Development Methodology & Network System".

Adjunct Professor (2008 - Present)
Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology has developed as a unique science and technology institution based on the two scientific fields of agricultural science and Engineering that support the fundamental agriculture and industry of Japan across a broad range of areas. The common foundation of agriculture and Engineering is the “synthesis-type science and technology system” which designs, integrates and creates innovative inventions.

Chairman & Co-Founder (2007 - Present)

In 2007, the co-founders of IMPACT Japan began organizing cross-fertilizing programs such as the Global Entrepreneurship Week Japan (in association with the Kauffman Foundation) and TEDxTokyo (in association with Technology, Entertainment, Design – TED), and immediately realized that there was a hunger for a locally and globally connected platform in Japan. IMPACT Japan thus took the initiative and decided to establish this needed platform in order to nurture nascent abilities and strengths – the catalysts that will create the next generation of products, companies, industries and leaders.

By establishing a platform that develops an entrepreneurial culture and mindset, IMPACT Japan is able to effectively address Japan’s challenges in fostering entrepreneurship and innovation. Additionally, through the support of an ecosystem that encourages experimentation and the opportunity to learn from mistakes, this platform will also provide greater access to intelligent capital and a wide range of professional sectors and services.