Symbios Spazio was founded by Stephen Ward. Having worked for 10 years in the UK and 2 years in Japan as a technical and management consultant, he recognised the needs of many clients for more responsive, flexible, and cost-effective consulting solutions.

Given the opportunity to work around the globe with a broad range of senior experts in industry, government, and military, he observed that the diverse needs of clients can rarely be best satisfied by static teams which require considerable learning time to tackle each new topic. He undertook to establish a "virtual global consulting network" - The Symbios Concept - which would provide clients access to the very best expertise available, based on a history of focused and relevant experience, and in a flexible and cost-effective manner.