Mr. Saidel (47) has worked with senior U.S. and Japanese corporate executives and policy makers on business development, policy, and investment for two decades. He is President and CEO of Dynamic Strategies Asia, LLC (DSA), a consultancy he co-founded in 1996.
Mr. Saidel has collaborated on projects across a variety of sectors, including health care, defense, homeland security, information technology, financial services, and energy.
Mr. Saidel was a Director and Member of the Board of RaQualia Pharma Inc. (4579: JASDAQ), a pharmaceutical company based in Nagoya, Japan, from July 2008 through March 2010. He assisted RaQualia, a spin out from Pfizer, to raise over $100 million prior to launch.
He is a member of the Administrative Advisory Council at RIKEN: the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, Japan’s largest research institution, and has served on the International Collaboration Advisory Council at the University of Tokyo.
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.
Mr. Saidel began his career in Tokyo, working as a policy aide for 21 members of Japan’s parliament for three years. 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 is 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.