L'Académie ForWaves

Réaliser des changements durables.


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 ForWaves® Citizens Academy

On a mission to make impact-driven

organizations, businesses and leaders thrive


Our clients come from both public and private sectors. With strong expertise in both sectors, we’re at home in either world, taking governmental and non-profit institutions, companies, start-ups and people’s lives to the next level.

With a Platform of 20 multidisciplinary experts, based in 11 countries and 4 continents, and a network of over 200 experts worldwide, ForWaves Consulting & ForWaves Citizens Academy support United Nations and Non-Governmental Organizations, National and Regional Programs, companies, dedicated impact leaders, managers and their teams.


ForWaves® Academy offers unique Training Workshops, Mentoring & Executive Coaching as well as Team Building events. Putting people at the heart of its endeavors, our team also supports Executives and Human Resources Managers through a wide range of services including strategy building, change management, recruitment skills assessments, outplacement and results-oriented agile projects. Other interventions notably include promoting Gender and Diversity and Health at work. Our tools and methodologies have successfully supported numerous professionals and executives since more than 18 years in a wide range of industries.

We craft innovative solutions to help your organization thrive. In contrast to a one-size-fits-all approach, we offer personal, tailor-made services.


Not only is our approach known for being impactful, pragmatic, rigorous and relevant to given industries, but it is also based on proven and scientific adult learning, industrial psychology, mentoring, management and business methodologies.

We are known for caring for our clients. We support you through personalized listening experience and cutting edge solutions to fast-track your results and sustain your impact. Our clients highly appreciate our expertise notably in change management, behaviour change and systems change.


Drawing on years of experience, we’ve put together the ForWaves® Platform, a global network of enthusiastic, passionate and dedicated experts covering a range of disciplines. We’re used to working across borders, across time zones, and across languages on projects big and small.

What connects us is a focus on results and a desire to work in harmony with a modern, sustainable world, not against it. Passionate about crafting powerful solutions that facilitate positive change, both in your organization and in the wider world, it’s excellence that drives us; but excellence firmly rooted in socio-economic, environmental and human development.

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Services in English and French (possible in Spanish)

We build organizations’ and people’s capacity with a sense of service, passion and excellence.

We enable your executives and teams to display strengthened capacity and engagement to achieve shared goals. Our training courses are usually tailormade.


Leadership & Management Training Programs

ForWaves® Training Academy enhances the value and impact of your organization, putting human capital first.

Our tailor-made workshops and executive programs cover topics such as:

  • Leadership and Strategy Building
  • Management
  • Organizational Development and Complexity Management
  • Project Management
  • Monitoring & Evaluation of Development Projects and Programs
  • Human Resources and People Management
  • Recruitment and Talent Development
  • Communication and Convincing skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Business Networking
  • Design Thinking
  • Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Thematic areas including decent work, migration, social inclusion, human trafficking and modern slavery, climate resilience, human rights, skills development, trade, social finance and enterprise development
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Business Development
  • Community-Based Training (CBT) and Income Generating Activities
  • Entrepreneurship; SME Development; Intellectual Property
  • Gender & Diversity; Decent Work; Health at Work
  • Behaviour change
  • Small and Large-Scale Systems Change (Corporate & International Cooperation).

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Our mission is to empower changemakers to become powerful communicators and outstanding leaders dedicated to make a difference.

#Leadership #Mentoring #ExecutiveCoaching #Team Building

Executive Coaching, Mentoring

& Team Building

Strategy Building, Leadership and Team Excellence

Make best use of your executives’ and teams’ talents, time and commitment.

We support leaders in building and implementing powerful strategies, have a wining mindset to reach ambitious goals, develop their teams and solve most challenging problems.

Our Team Building approach allows to provide pragmatic tools and approaches applicable in the day-to-day work. We enable stronger cohesion, collaboration and performance, notably based on complementary  profiles and understanding thereof, improved communication, conflict resolution and shared purpose.

Our unique approach allowed numerous managers and their teams to operate successfully and navigate change in most complex environments.

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Recruitment and staff management mistakes are known to be costly for employers.

Avoid this risk by getting expert support, putting people first, and making your organization successfully stand out.

#Assessment #Outplacement

Assessment & Outplacement

Get expert advice & support in recruitment processes, people development and outplacement.

Recruitment assessments allow to evaluate shortlisted candidates as accurately as possible, and to compare these profiles with a specific profile you are looking for.

Competency assessments enable individuals to take stock of their existing competencies, work preferences, values and motivations to define their career orientation and evolution.

An assessment of staff members’ skills to orient their professional development within an organization. This allows to define a personalized development plan.

During an outplacement, employees are guided in their professional transition and job search strategy.

Position your organization as the place to be and work with for your services & impactful interventions.

#HRManagement #PeopleDevelopment #ChangeManagement

HR Management Support

Foster the appropriate organizational structure, skills development & corporate culture

Develop the most effective strategies and interventions for HR success. We offer tailor-made services in areas such as:

  • HR Strategic Advice
  • Human Capital Development
  • Individual and/or Team Coaching
  • Assessment and Outplacement
  •  Training
  • Occupational Health: Prevention and Counseling
  • Behaviour Change; Change Management
  • Project Management – Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E).

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We help you stand out as a successful change catalyst.

#Strategy #ChangeManagement #SystemsChange

Change Management

Does your organization or company want to embark on truly sustainable change?

While often overlooked, change management is a core element of success for organizations!

Our experience has shown us that well-designed change strategies reduce resistance and increase your return on investment, as you become a catalyst for change.

  1. Instead of simply doing more and hoping for the best, we provide you with expert advice, precise and considered roadmaps and frameworks to guide the change you are undertaking.
  2. Our situational assessments, evaluations and market analyses support your strategic management decisions.
  3. We get to know your organization and to understand your needs and environment, in order to give you the right advice at the right time, saving you time and money.

Our Clients & Participants Are Our Best Ambassadors

Some testimonials

"(...) Au cours de cette mission, Mme Zarraga s'est acquittée de son rôle avec un grand sens des responsabilités, de l'engagement, de la flexibilité et de l'humanité envers les membres de notre équipe en Suisse, en Côte d'Ivoire et au Ghana. Ses solides compétences dans les domaines de la gestion des ressources humaines, de la gestion du changement, du développement organisationnel, du coaching et de la formation ont été très appréciées par (notre) équipe de direction et les autres membres de l'équipe. Le projet (...) Compétences de base, dirigé par Mme Zarraga, a contribué à renforcer un environnement institutionnel favorable, qui favorise l'acquisition de qualifications, de compétences et d'une structure organisationnelle appropriées au sein des RH et dans l'ensemble de l'organisation, et qui renforce globalement les capacités et les ressources en matière de RH. Nous lui sommes extrêmement reconnaissants de sa collaboration et de son dévouement pendant sa mission de conseil (...)". - Directeur des ressources humaines d'une ONG

"(...) J'ai été très impressionné par la force de la nature qu'est Mme Zarraga - une véritable professionnelle dotée d'une grande expérience, qui écoute activement et est capable de faire ressortir le meilleur de chaque individu dans chaque situation. Elle possède les connaissances et l'intelligence émotionnelle nécessaires pour amener les gens à changer et j'espère pouvoir travailler à nouveau avec elle dans un avenir proche". - C.M., Participant à la formation

"J'ai eu le plaisir d'assister à la formation professionnelle et à l'atelier de Mme Maria Zarraga sur le travail en réseau. J'ai trouvé que l'approche préconisée dans le monde des affaires (et dans la vie en général) était un parfait équilibre entre la modestie, la politesse, le respect et le fait d'aller droit au but.

Les outils et les méthodologies sont bien alignés sur cette approche et diffèrent des approches souvent mécaniques de la mise en réseau promues par d'autres. Même les réseauteurs expérimentés en sortiront avec une approche plus raffinée !" - Robin Marks, gestionnaire de projets, de programmes et de portefeuilles 

"Un conférencier vraiment brillant, un cours passionnant et intéressant (lié à l'assistance technique). Avec de bons exemples pratiques, des vidéos pour illustrer la théorie, etc. - Participant à la formation

 "Les formations de Maria sont toujours très intéressantes et agréables à suivre. Bon équilibre entre les exercices en groupe et les parties théoriques. Une intervention très riche. Merci. - Participant à la formation

"Maria est une conférencière exceptionnelle. Beaucoup de dynamisme, d'interaction et de contenu. Excellente formation (sur les objectifs de développement durable, la responsabilité sociale des entreprises et la gestion du changement) ! Merci. - Participant à la formation


"(...) La grande richesse des connaissances de Mme Zarraga (en matière d'évaluation) et sa capacité à fournir des exemples pratiques aux concepts théoriques ont été un énorme avantage. (...)" - Participant à la formation L'orateur était très expérimenté dans le domaine du cours (sur l'évaluation), il a pu partager des expériences réelles et personnelles et a donné un cours très intéressant ! - Participant à la formation

Quelques autres mots des participants à la formation :

"Leformateur est incroyablement motivant, attentif et intéressant.

"Parfait !

"Un cours incroyable ! Félicitations.

"Mme Zarraga m’a captivé. De par son savoir-faire, ses connaissances en storytelling, sa pertinence, son professionnalisme."

Services in English and French (possible in Spanish)

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