Named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998 (by Ernst & Young, NASDAQ and USA Today), Saito is a leading authorities on cyber security, encryption and biometric technologies. Most recently, he was selected by the Nikkei as one of the “100 Most Influential People for Japan”.
After selling his business to Microsoft, he moved to Tokyo in 2005 and founded InTecur, a venture capital firm and consultancy. In early 2012, Saito was named a council member on national strategy and policy reporting directly to the Prime Minister of Japan. From late 2011, he was also the Chief Technology Officer of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission (NAIIC).
A Foundation Board Member for the World Economic Forum, Saito advises national governments around the globe, teaches at several universities, is a commentator on TV and is the author of a book on management, The Team: Solving the biggest problem in Japan (published in 2012 by Nikkei BP) which became a best seller.