LIGHTHOUSE FOR INNOVATORS & ENTREPRENEURS

Executive Committee

William H. Saito
Chair, Co-Founder
Founder & CEO, Intecur, K.K.
Kiyoshi Kurokawa
Director, Co-Founder
Professor, National Gra
uate Institute for Policy Studies Chairman, Health Policy Institute, Japan Governor, Japan Chapter, American College of Physicians Professor, Emeritus of the University of Tokyo


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William H. Saito
Chair, Co-Founder

Founder & CEO, Intecur, K.K. Born in California in 1971, William H. Saito took up commercial software programming when he was a teenager. Named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998 (by Ernst & Young, NASDAQ and USA Today), he led the development of the world’s first biometric authentication and cryptographic system which was later sold to Microsoft Corporation in 2004. In 2005, he moved to Tokyo and founded InTecur, a consultancy that helps companies worldwide to identify and market innovative technologies. Saito also helps entrepreneurs and companies as an advisor, board member and/or through direct investments. Saito also advises a multitude of Japanese government agencies, lectures at Japan’s most prestigious universities and comments on national policy issues. In 2013, Saito was appointed as a Special Advisor to the Cabinet Office for the Government of Japan. Similarly, in 2012 he served as a council member on national strategy for the Cabinet-level National Policy Unit, a Cabinet-level organization that reports directly to the Prime Minister of Japan. Prior to that, he also played a significant role in the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission (NAIIC). Saito is also a foundation board member of the World Economic Forum as well as a Young Global Leader and Global Agenda Council member. His best-selling management book, The Team: Solving the Biggest Problem in Japan, was published by Nikkei BP in 2012, his follow-on book, Is Your Thinking up to Global Standards?, was published by Daiwa Shobo in 2013. His autobiography, An Unprogrammed Life: Adventures of an Incurable Entrepreneur, was published in 2011 by John Wiley & Sons


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Kiyoshi Kurokawa M.D., M.A.C.P..
Director, Co-Founder

Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies Chairman, Health Policy Institute, Japan Governor, Japan Chapter, American College of Physicians Professor, Emeritus of the University of Tokyo Biographical Sketch (As of May, 2013) Dr. Kurokawa, Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo, has been Academic Fellow of National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (2009.11-); Chairman, Health and Global Policy Institute (2005-); Commissioner on the WHO Commission for Social Determinants of Health (2005-2008); Chair and Founder, IMPACT Foundation Japan; Representative Director and Chair, Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (2013-); Adjunct Senior Research Scientist of the Earth Institute of Columbia University (2011-); Distinguished Research Affiliate, the MIT Media Lab (2011-). Dr. Kurokawa received a MD degree from the University of Tokyo. Following clinical training in internal medicine, then in nephrology at the Department of Medicine of the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Medicine, he spent 15 years in USA; professor of medicine, Department of Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine (1979-84). After returning from USA; he was professor of medicine of the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Medicine (1989-96); Dean and Professor of Tokai University School of Medicine and Director of the Institute of Medical Sciences (1996-2002), Research Institute of Science and Technology (2002-04), Tokai University; Adjunct Professor, the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo (2003-06). Dr. Kurokawa has served as president and/or executive officer to many prestigious national and international professional societies in medicine, nephrology, science academies and science policy organizations. He is Master of the American College of Physicians, and Founding Governor of the Japan Chapter of American College of Physicians (2004-2011). He is an elected member of many prestigious professional societies including Science Council of Japan (President, 2003-06), Member of InterAcademy Panel (2001-06), and InterAcademy Council (2001- 06), Association of American Physicians, and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of the USA. He is also Board Member of Biobliotheca Alexandria, Egypt (2006-2010) , Khalifa University of Science and Technology of Abu Dhabi Government (2008-) , Okinawa Institute of Science Technology Graduate University and Advisory Board to the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Dr. Kurokawa, Special Advisor to the Cabinet (2006-08), has served and serves many committees of the Ministries and Cabinet Office of Japan, eg, Committee for Science and Technology Policy and as Science Advisor for the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, Chairperson of the Hideyo Noguchi Prize Committee, and He chaired the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission by the National Diet of Japan (NAIIC)(2011.12-2012.7). Academic Achievements (1999), Order Legiion de Honour of the Government of France (2009), Person of the Year of the American Chamber of Commerce of Japan (2010), the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star (2011 Spring), “Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award” of AAAS (2012) and of “100 Top Global Thinkers 2012” of ‘Foreign Policy’.

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