My congratulations to Sigma Orionis on its 30th anniversary! Since its creation, Sigma Orionis has participated in over 40 projects of successive European Framework Programmes for Research in the domain of Information and Communication Technologies. Several of these were international cooperation actions that have spurred links to less developed countries, progressively involving them in cutting-edge R&D activities. Other projects have contributed to the shaping of our future Internet. Looking ahead, I trust that Sigma Orionis will keep its pioneer spirit and will be able to build on the experience gained over the past 3 decades.
Deputy Director General – DG CONNECT – European Commission
The Internet Society congratulates Sigma Orionis on its 30th anniversary of providing thought leadership and global innovation. We look forward to future opportunities to collaborate on initiatives that advance the continued open development of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world.
Lynn St. Amour
President and CEO – Internet Society (ISOC)
Sigma Orionis have been a valuable element in the ecosystem of European research. In particular in the area of ICT they used their extensive network and expertise to broaden the scope of the research and deepened its much needed inter- and cross-disciplinary elements.
Professor – University of Ljubljana – Former Minister of Science, Slovenia
I have fond memories of our interactions in Japan with a balance between the implementation of technical tools and a proactive mindset. This is the recipe for building win-win international cooperation. We need to create an environment that inspires and enthuses. “Have fun!” as the Americans say. This is also how international cooperation in research and innovation must be considered. A passion, a pleasure and a commitment.
Philippe de Taxis du Poët
Minister Counsellor, Research & Innovation – Delegation of the European Union – India
We had an excellent cooperation in the context of China-EU digital Olympics. Your professionalism and dedication impressed all our partners. Congratulations for the 30th anniversary of Sigma Orionis. We wish you a big and happy celebration!
Deputy Director General – Dept. of International Cooperation – Ministry of Science and Technology – PR China
A different spirit… Sigma Orionis is definitely different. I had the surprise at first to work with them in a European collaborative project and was intrigued by their approach, the knowledge and vision that they brought us. In addition, it is always stimulating to discuss various topics with them, whether technical or related to the many questions raised by our societies and how the digital world will impact them.
Professor – University Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) – France
Sigma Orionis can look with pride back on its 30 years of achievements in designing and driving many unique projects and luminary initiatives through foresight and leadership focused on networking knowledge and skills with and by people who foster progress and change. Wishing you another 30 years of excellence and growing clout with generous impact on society.
Founder & President – IPv6 Forum
Over the last decades, I have been involved with Sigma Orionis in several initiatives between the EU and its International Cooperation Partner Countries (namely China and Africa) related to applying ICT for the socio-economic development. Sigma Orionis has a considerable knowledge of EU research and innovation policies on a global level gained through their involvement as coordinators or partners in a high number of EU-supported projects. I also contributed to many conferences and workshops organized by Sigma Orionis. They always do a first-class job as facilitators and moderators of the networking needed for this kind of cooperation activities. All events were extremely well organized and very result-oriented. I have experienced Sigma Orionis as being extremely efficient. For me, the “face and brain” of Sigma Orionis has always been Karine Valin: Karine acts and manages her team with a very high level of competence and professionalism and she is very committed to engaging stakeholders in new ways of building cooperation.
José Luis Encarnação
Professor – Former Chairman of the IST Advisory Group (ISTAG), European Commission
Through their creativity, their open mind spirit and their professionalism, Sigma Orionis has been clearly contributing to the success of the NEM European Technology Platform and particularly to its NEM summits. Thanks to the whole team!
Chairman & Executive Director – Networked Electronic Media (NEM) European Technology Platform
We recently entered into a partnership with Sigma Orionis as part of a call for proposals under FP7. Roger and his team have demonstrated an unrivalled competency and knowledge of the mechanisms for implementing such projects. Faced with each difficulty, they have systematically come up with a creative and effective solution, which, in the eyes of a start-up like ours, is the ultimate quality. And always with reassuring good humour, perhaps due in part to Sigma Orionis’ sunny location.
Founder of the collaborative platform Imagination for People – Canada
My first contact with Sigma Orionis was virtual; I remotely attended a conference organised in Dakar in the context of their EuroAfrica-ICT project. Along with my AUF colleagues who were on site, I was pleasantly surprised by this company’s openmindedness and professionalism. The second contact was more personal. I met with Karine Valin in Mauritius where we discovered that most of the time, the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie and the Sigma Orionis shared mutual interests. This is not always the case: the meeting between a private company and a university or group of universities is sometimes tricky and communication can often be distorted. It is therefore the quality of the men and women in the organisations who ensure the project’s success. For me, Sigma Orionis’ major assets are its ability to listen and its openness.
Scientific Director – Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF)
I have been impressed by the breadth, courage and humanity that inspire and illuminate the projects of Sigma Orionis. In my fifty plus years of serious futures and foresight work, I have found that these three characteristics, while often talked about, are rarely exemplified.
Executive Director – Foresight Canada
I highly appreciate Sigma Orionis’ professionalism and sense of conducting business in a multicultural environment, especially in a dynamic and vibrant sector such as ICT. Big Bravo for the dedicated talented Sigma Orionis team.
Chief ICT officer – African Development Bank (ADB)
It is a real pleasure to join with others in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Sigma Orionis. Working with Roger Torrenti and his team on the PARADISO project I grew to appreciate their commitment, their professionalism and their spirit of innovation.
Vice President, Club of Rome – President, Fondazione Aurelio Peccei, Italy
We had a great experience with the team of Sigma Orionis, in particular Karine Valin when preparing project proposals and conferences related to our ICT4D activities. We enjoy collaborating and will also in the future look for that small, but luminous star to join our universe.
Director – Fraunhofer Institute – Portugal
I am delighted to have worked with Sigma Orionis for a long time on developing an international framework in the field of ICT and business development. I look forward to Sigma Orionis’ continuing efforts in enlightening, connecting and inspiring people and leading the development in the field of ICT toward the future.
Chief Project Manager – Social Innovation Business Division – Hitachi – Japan
Roger Torrenti dignifies the profession of consultancy, becoming a valid interlocutor on strategy issues, summarizing industry trends, sharing/debating very valuable points of view with public and private organizations, he became an industry influencer vs. only a reporter of industrial trends, providing real added value to Sigma´s customers. Even when his point of view or those of Sigma staff are different from yours, he justifies the conclusions and directions to follow, instead of blindly telling the customer what the customer is willing to listen.
Founder & CEO – Light Wave Technologies – Spain
I have spent a significant part of my professional life looking at technology evolution, with amazement, and asking what would be the implication of such an evolution on the economics and on social fabric. I have to say that working with people at Sigma Orionis has helped me not to find the answer, I do believe there is none, a priori, but to frame the questions much better. The contribution to reflection and the engagement resulting from it has marked my experience with Sigma Orionis throughout several years.
Node Director – EIT ICT Labs – Italy
EBN is very proud to be a recent collaborator with Sigma Orionis; proving that after 30 years, the team still strives to create mutually beneficial and dynamic global partnerships. Sharing the same passion and ambition for high quality project conception, management & delivery, we hope to be a key partner for the next 30 years!
Head of International Projects – European Business & Innovation Centre Network (EBN)
Congratulations to Sigma Orionis on their 30th anniversary! It was personally a great experience and learning opportunity to have partnered with Sigma Orionis on several projects. I really enjoyed working with Roger, Karine, Camille and the team! Best wishes for the future.
Prof Lye Kin Mun
Deputy Executive Director – Science and Engineering Research Council, A*STAR – Singapore
Sigma Orionis can take a project from concept to completion, providing outstanding resources and proven project management expertise. Their services benefit science and society across all levels of society, particularly in technology, higher education, and economic development. Their capabilities have helped us improve the funding of science, create partnerships between universities and industry, develop greater scientific capacity, and improve the dissemination and the commercialization of new technologies – an outstanding service for the global community.
Dr Raslan Ahmad
Senior Vice President – Head of Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology
In a world tending to idolise technology, in which magical thinking transmutes business strategies into social progress, and hyperconnectivity into the supreme stage of freedom, Sigma Orionis is discordant. Which singularises Roger and his team, makes them efficient, endearing, and… long-lasting is that they put a clear priority on cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural approaches, that they systematically ask why: why doing this, for which expected impact? In fewerwords, they are looking for sense and possible options rather than proclaiming answers. May the wind be gentle for Sigma Orionis in the future, inasmuch as wind can facilitate a star’s journey…
Strategy Development – ETSI