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The WAG team

Design and development team

Original inventor of WAG

Dr. Nils Ferrand is senior researcher at Cemagref, the french public research institute for environmental engineering, within the Water Management & Actors (G-EAU) lab in Montpellier. His research themes are group decision support, public participation, participatory modelling, games and multi-agent systems. He is currently leading a major project on electronic public debate for coastal area management, and develops WAG since its beginnings. He has designed or participated into 10 European projects and more than 25 national projects, and has started one R&D company. He has more than 50 publications and book chapters. He graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan in applied physics,  and also as Water and Forest Engineer (IGREF), he has a MSc-DEA in maths of Ecole Polytechnique and Univ. Paris Dauphine, and a PhD in Computer Sciences from Université Joseph Fourier (Grenoble).

Nils has initially used participatory modelling of water basins with various people, including school kids in France, and based on this experience he has proposed and developed the concepts and processes of WAG which he has been holding and managing since. 

Géraldine ABRAMI
Developper of WAG

Dr. Géraldine
Abrami is a research engineer at Cemagref within the G-EAU joint research unit where she is developing conceptual models, multi-agent simulations and role-playing games as tools for exploring and accompanying collective decision processes and dynamics around river basins management in several national and international projects. She graduated from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Physique de Strasbourg in applied physics with a MSc in living systems mechanics of Univ. Louis Pasteur of Strasbourg, and a PhD in Water Sciences of Ecole Nationale du Génie Rural des Eaux et Forêts. She is also a member of the Companion Modelling (ComMod) association. 

She is a regular collaborator of Nils Ferrand and has been supporting WAG development since early 2009. 

Derick DU TOIT
Early contributor of WAG

Derick du Toit is a South African who studied Natural Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand and specialising in Ecology. He holds postgraduate degree in evolutionary ecology and a higher diploma in science education. He specialises in environmental learning and also holds a Masters in environmental education  from Rhodes University, South Africa. Derick has worked on education reform in both Namibia and South Africa. He has worked as a technical advisor to both Departments of Education and is author of 14 books for teachers.   He currently works with the Association for Water and Rural Development (AWARD) in South Africa as project manager.

Derick has been an early contributor in the development of WAG as the project manager of the Sand River South African case study which was used as a test bed for WAG development.

Developer assistant of WAG

Albena Popova graduated her master degree in Anthropology Department of Sofia University, Bulgaria. She has been involved as a facilitator in the case studies of two European projects (Aquastress, PEER). A. Popova was delegated to be a field assistant of CIRAD and Cemagref, UMR G-EAU in Sand River Catchment, South Africa to test a collaborative modelling and simulation framework called Wat-A-Game. She facilitated a study course on WAG in the ECHEL-Eau Project closing conference in Niamey, Niger in December 2009.

Albena is assisting occasionally WAG development since mid-2009


Early contributor of WAG

Stefano Farolfi is a senior economist at the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD). He holds a PhD from the University of Padova (Italy) and a professorship in economics from the University of Montpellier I (France). He is currently a Professor at the University Eduardo Mondlane, where he is the Scientific Director of the International Center for Water Economics and Governance in Africa (IWEGA). He holds an international fellowship at the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (CEEPA) of the University of Pretoria, where he was residential fellow from 2002 to 2009 coordinating a number of projects on water governance and management and teaching courses of environmental economics and policy.

Stefano collaborated with Nils on early developments of WAG in 2008 and has been a contributor of the WAG project ever since.


eleen de FOOIJ
Intern from University of Twente from Nov 2010 to March 2011

Heleen conducted her bachelor thesis in the WAG team on the following topic : "Wat-A-Game : modelling a participatory role-playing game".
She did contribute in formalizing WAG element grammars and developing a systematic protocol for designing a WAG specific application. Her thesis can be downloaded here.



Inter from Oxford University in 2011
Alyona conducted her Master of Science in Environmental Change and Management thesis in the WAG team on the following topic : "Designing and pre-testing of experimental protocols to assess the impact of role playing games in water management".
She did contribute in the finalization of the INI-WAG kit by designing an experimental protocol for the use of INI-WAG. Her thesis can be downloaded here.

    Jean-Emmanuel ROUGIER
Contributor to WAG development
Jean-Emmanuel Rougier is a cofounder of Lisode company

Project Manager for the Wet-Wag application
Senior researcher in economy in UMR GEAU

François MILHAU
Intern in 2009 - worked on the Wet-WAG application

    Clément MURGUE
Assistant for the
Wet-WAG application in 2009 and 2010

    Mathieu DIONNET

Project manager for the WAG-Orb application.
Mathieu Dionnet is a cofounder of Lisode company.

    Sarah Pariente
Assistant in the WAG-Orb application.

Other contributors to the thinking or development (current or past)

  • Sharon POLLARD
  • Jester MAABOYE
  • Manuel MAGOMBEYI
  • Richard RAYMOND
  • Katherine DANIELL
  • Clément MURGUE
  • Tumelo MASILELA