Chief of the Communication for Development Section, UNICEF
Rafael Obregon, Ph.D. is Chief of the Communication for Development Section, United Nations Children’s Fund, New York. Prior to joining UNICEF he was an Associate Professor in School of Media Arts & Studies, and Director of the Communication and Development Studies Program, Center for International Studies, at Ohio University. He has an extensive teaching, research and professional experience in development and health communication, and international development. He was an associate professor at the Department of Social Communication at Colombia’s Universidad del Norte (1997-2002), where he serves as an adjunct faculty.
He is a member of the review board of several journals, including the Journal of Health Communication, and serves as guest reviewer of Social Science Medicine, Health Policy Journal, and Biomedcentral. He is a member of several international associations including the International Communication Association and the Latin American Association of Communication Researchers. He has published numerous books, peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and technical reports, including the Handbook of Development Communication and Social Change, Wiley, 2014, and The Handbook of Global Health Communication (2012).
He earned a doctorate in Mass Communication, Pennsylvania State University, an M.A. in International Affairs, Ohio University; and a B.A. in Social Communication and Journalism, Universidad Autonoma, Colombia.