Mr. Saidel (52) has assisted U.S., Japanese, and European executives with business development, investment strategy, and alliance management in technology-intensive industries for over two decades. He is President and CEO of Dynamic Strategies Asia, LLC (DSA), a consultancy he co-founded in 1996.
He has collaborated on projects across a variety of sectors, including health care, robotics, mobility, homeland security, information technology, financial services, and energy.
Prior to launching DSA, Mr. Saidel worked for the U.S. Government as an East Asia Analyst. In 1996 he was seconded to the Department of Defense and travelled to Japan with Secretary of Defense William Perry in conjunction with the Tokyo Summit between President Clinton and Prime Minister Hashimoto.
He began his career in Tokyo, working as a research fellow for a public policy think tank supporting 21 members of Japan’s parliament. He has spoken widely at venues including the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the World Affairs Council, the U.S. National Intelligence Council, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Japanese Cabinet Office, the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation, and the University of Tokyo.
Mr. Saidel served as a member of the first Administrative Advisory Council at RIKEN: the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, Japan’s largest research institution, and on the inaugural International Collaboration Advisory Council at the University of Tokyo.
He was a Director and Member of the Board of RaQualia Pharma Inc. (4579: JASDAQ), a life sciences company based in Nagoya, Japan, from July 2008 through March 2010. He assisted RaQualia, Pfizer’s first spin out venture, to raise over $100 million prior to launch.
Mr. Saidel is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C. and previously was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida. From 2003 to 2004, he served on the Board of Directors at the Washington Japanese Language School, the oldest Japanese government-sponsored language school in the United States.
He speaks, reads, and writes Japanese and lived in Japan for five years. He earned a B.A. from Colgate University, a Certificate with Honors from Kansai University of Foreign Studies in Osaka, Japan, and an M.A. from Stanford University.