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Raphaël Zaffran

Raphaël Zaffran

Deputy Director


Uni Pignon, 710


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Raphaël Zaffran is the Deputy Director of the University of Geneva’s Centre for Continuing and Distance Education. In this role, he leads the Centre's organisational streamlining through digital transformation.

Since 2019, Raphaël also manages the Centre’s learning portfolio and activities, overseeing the team that advises programme directors and their teams on the creation and implementation of continuing education programmes, including curriculum development and tailored (e-)learning & development solutions. As the Centre’s focal point for international and customised projects, he leads strategic partnerships with public, private and academic institutions. He is the founder and host of the LifelongLearning@UNIGE podcast. Since 2020, he is also the coordinator of the University of Geneva’s Distance Learning Taskforce.

A political scientist by training specialising in international security policy, Dr Zaffran has taught and conducted research in the field of political communication, with a particular focus on the issue of strategic narratives within military interventions. He has worked for the Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF) and was a research affiliate of Open Briefing. Raphaël holds a PhD from the Geneva Graduate Institute, an MA from McGill University and a BA from Royal Holloway University in London. He recently completed the UNIGE Certificate of Advanced Studies in Design and Development of e-Learning Projects.