William Saito was born in Los Angeles, California in 1971 just two years after his parents immigrated to the US from Japan in 1969. He attended the University of California, Riverside as a student in the joint Biomedical Science Program. He is now Prime Minister for the Government of Japan and works as a Special Advisor of the Cabinet Office. He is also the former Vice Chairman for Palo Alto Networks in Japan and quickly was recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Japan” thanks to the powerful positions that he has held.
Ever since elementary school, William Saito has been interested in software programming. While he was still in school, he started his own company and at just twenty-seven years old, was named Entrepreneur of the Year. He is recognized today as one of the world’s most influential authorities on cybersecurity and is a member on the Foundation Board at the World Economic Forum (WEF). He also advises several governments around the globe. When his autobiography, An Unprogrammed Life: Adventures of an Incurable Entrepreneur, was published in 2011, his popularity increased.
While an undergraduate at the University of California, Riverside, William spent time in his dorm working on a company that focused on software development with custom device drivers, firmware, and enterprise software applications for consumer electronic companies. Soon enough, the company had its own information security platform and application suite which would later be licensed to several dozen companies worldwide. It was so influential that Microsoft bought the rights to the technology in 2000.
As the CEO of Intecur, Saito acts as the head cybersecurity specialist and the decision maker forglobal digital transformation strategies. Saito is best known for his ability to effortlessly drive global IT strategies in high-profile international business environments. His knowledge, leadership, and experience allows him to optimize efficiency, employee performance and satisfaction, and financial outcomes. His great personality coupled with his approachable manner gives him an edge as a powerful influencer among government officials.
In 1998, William was chosen as the Entrepreneur of the Year and in 2016, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his exemplary service and contributions to the people of Japan.