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 in elementary school and started his own company while still in high school and was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998 (by Ernst & Young, NASDAQ and USA Today). 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. In Japan, he has served as an advisor to Japanese ministries; the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST); the Information Technology Promotion Agency (IPAS); the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, among others. He is currently the Special Advisor to the Ministry of Economic Trade and Industry (METI) and the Cabinet Office for the Government of Japan.

He went to medical school at UCLA and Harvard Kennedy School; serves on various boards of Global 2000 companies; frequently appears as a commentator on TV and is the author of seven books in addition to writing several weekly newspaper columns. His management book, The Team: Solving the Biggest Problem in Japan, was published by Nikkei BP and became a best-seller in 2012. In 2016, Saito received the Medal of Honor from the Government of Japan for his work in the field of education.

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