William Saito

Commissioner William Saito decided to leave after the end of his first year on the GCSC for personal reasons. The Commission thanks him for his contributions to the initiative, and wishes him all the best in his future endeavors. 

William H. Saito named by Nikkei as one of the “100 Most Influential People for Japan,” and began software programming in elementary school and started his own company while still in high school. By the time he was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998 (by Ernst & Young, NASDAQ and USA Today), he was recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on encryption, biometric authentication and cyber security. After selling his business to Microsoft, he moved to Tokyo in 2005 and founded InTecur, a venture capital firm and consultancy that identifies innovative technologies, develops global talent and helps entrepreneurs become successful. In early 2012, Saito was appointed to a council on national strategy and policy that reported directly to the Prime Minister of Japan. From late 2011, he also served as Chief Technology Officer of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission. He is a Foundation Board Member at the World Economic Forum (WEF), and has been named by the WEF as both a Young Global Leader and Global Agenda Council member.

Saito also advises several national governments around the globe. In Japan, he has served as an advisor to METI, MIC, MEXT, and MLIT; the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology; the Information Technology Promotion Agency, among others and is currently the Special Advisor to the Cabinet Office. He teaches at multiple universities, sits on the boards of several companies, frequently appears as a commentator on TV and is the author of numerous publications in addition to writing several weekly newspaper column. His best-selling management book, The Team: Solving the Biggest Problem in Japan, was published by Nikkei BP last year, and his autobiography, An Unprogrammed Life: Adventures of an Incurable Entrepreneur, was published in 2011 by John Wiley & Sons.

Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg

Commissioner Wolff von Heinegg decided to leave after the end of his first year on the GCSC for personal reasons. The Commission thanks him for his contributions to the initiative, and wishes him all the best in his future endeavors. 

Professor Dr. Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg holds the Chair of Public Law, especially Public International law, European Law and Foreign Constitutional Law at the Europa-Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany.

In the academic years 2003/2004 and 2012/2013 he was the Charles H. Stockton Professor of International Law at the U.S. Naval War College. From October 2004 until October 2008 he was the Dean of the Law Faculty of the Europa-Universität. From October 2008 until November 2012 he was the Vice-President of that university. Previously, he served as Professor of Public International Law at the University of Augsburg. He had been a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Kaliningrad (Russia), Almaty (Kazakhstan), Santiago de Cuba (Cuba) and Nice (France).

He was the Rapporteur of the International Law Association Committee on Maritime Neutrality and was the Vice-President of the German Society of Military Law and the Law of War. Since 2007 he is a member of the Council of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in San Remo, Italy. Since May 2012 he is the Vice-President of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War and since May 2013 he is a Senior Fellow of the Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn, Estonia.

Professor Heintschel von Heinegg was among a group of international lawyers and naval experts who produced the San Remo Manual on International Law Applicable to Armed Conflicts at Sea. In 2002 he published the German Navy’s Commander’s Handbook on the Law of Naval Operations. Professor Heintschel von Heinegg has been a member of several groups of experts working on the current state and progressive development of international humanitarian law, including the Manual on Air and Missile Warfare (2010) and the Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare (2013). He is a widely published author of articles and books on public international law, in particular international humanitarian law, European and German constitutional law.

Sigrid Kaag

On 26 October 2017, Ms. Sigrid Kaag assumed her new position as Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands. In this context, Ms. Kaag had to step down as a GCSC Commissioner

Ms. Sigrid Kaag was appointed Under Secretary-General and the Special Coordinator for Lebanon by the UN Secretary-General in December 2014. Prior to that she served as Under Secretary-General and Special Coordinator of the United Nations – Office for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (UN-OPCW) Joint Mission to eliminate the declared chemical weapons programme of the Syrian Arab Republic.

Ms. Kaag has gathered a wealth of experience in the political, humanitarian and development affairs during her career in Middle East, Geneva and New York. Ms. Kaag served as Assistant Secretary-General with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and as Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for several years. In addition, Ms. Kaag obtained extensive experience on refugee and migration issues serving with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNWRA). Before joining the United Nations, she served with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Shell International.

Ms. Kaag was awarded with the Carnegie Wateler Peace Prize in November 2016. She holds a Master of Philosophy in International Relations from Oxford University, and a Master in Middle East studies from Exeter University. Ms. Kaag was awarded an honorary degree in Law by Exeter University in 2014. Ms. Kaag is fluent in Dutch, English, French and German, and proficient in Arabic and Spanish. She is married with four children.

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