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ForWaves® Founder and Managing Director - Success Mentor for Mission-Driven Leaders and Changemakers

Holding an Executive MBA in Finance & Management, and a Social Sciences Master’s Degree in Psychology, Maria Zarrraga is passionate about unlocking people’s and organizations’ potential in a profound way, and bringing them to the next level. She displays more than 20 years experience in both public and private sectors, including multinationals, SMEs and United Nations specialized agencies.

She notably coached and mentored numerous executives, professionals and entrepreneurs, since more than 18 years, based on a unique and very pragmatic approach, to develop their own careers, organizations and businesses in alignment with their values. She hence witnessed, thanks to her approach, numerous talented professionals land meaningful jobs, reorient themselves, step into the right career path and thrive professionally – sometimes in very complex situations, job markets and environments.

“Our ForWaves Citizens Community believes in a sustainable and conscious world of work. This requires governments and organizations to foster Decent Work and create enriching work environments. This also requires us, as a citizen, to truly follow our purpose and share our talents and gifts with the world.

As Founder of ForWaves Academy, and Managing Director of ForWaves Consulting, a Change Management consulting firm and international platform of experts, I have been there, wondering if founding my company was the right choice. I took sometimes unconventional decisions as an employee and executive throughout my career.  Although it took courage and determination, and the journey was challenging, these decisions happened to be fully aligned with who I truly am and what I am meant to do.

I would have loved getting the close support, including tailor-made packages and the wide range of techniques we provide, to facilitate my journey. This is why I founded the ForWaves Academy to help mission-driven organizations, executives, employees and entrepreneurs achieve sustainable change in their careers and for a better world. (#SDGs) Individual clients are also supported in landing meaningful jobs, or start their business, in the shortest time, and grow professionally to have more impact at work.

The world needs new waves of impact leaders! Accelerate your results and success. Our communities need fulfilled people, conscious of their talents, to craft tomorrow’s world for current and future generations.

Our Community promotes an environment respectful of Innovation and Human Development. Working towards change and sustainable development. As a success mentor for change leaders, I consider that no talent can be wasted ! 

So instead of experiencing doubts, trial and error, constantly delaying or even avoiding pursuing your career or organizational aspirations, you will be fully supported in defining and reaching your goals, based on unique and proven techniques, and a realistic tailor-made roadmap.

Be strategic. Avoid going down the painful trial and error path.

Create the impact and life you always wanted… but perhaps did not yet go for. Start now.

Turn your dreams into action, follow your purpose and persevere.”

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Executive MBA – HEC Lausanne article (about Maria Zarraga)



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ForWaves Ambassador, Swizterland and ForWaves Consulting, Founder and Managing Director


ForWaves Ambassador, Argentina and Ackompany, Director


ForWaves Ambassador, Argentina and Cohan Design Group, Director


ForWaves Ambassador, Philippines and Staffhouse International Resources, Managing Director


ForWaves Ambassador, France and Action of Public Interest (API), Founder and President


ForWaves Ambassador, Argentina and Estudio Domma, Founding Partner


ForWaves Ambassador, Morocco and Professor Researcher at ESCA Business School


ForWaves Ambassador, Philippines and Chief of EBD, Industrial Technology Development Institute


ForWaves Ambassador, Morocco, Juristes-Conseils Partners, Managing Partner and President of the ASMEX Law and IP Commission


ForWaves Ambassador, Morocco, International Designer Agency, Managing Design Director and Member of the WDO Board of Directors


ForWaves Ambassador, France, Senior Consultant and former Director of Strategy and International Cooperation at INPI France