It would be an understatement to say that the UK e-learning industry has been shocked by the sudden death last Thursday of Hanif Sazen, CEO of Saffron Interactive, a London-based producer of bespoke online and mobile learning solutions.
I have worked with Hanif on a number of projects, most notably The Blended Learning Cookbook, which Saffron published and which contained a number of examples of Saffron’s innovative blended learning projects. Hanif was also a keen supporter of the eLearning Network, a voluntary body of which I am currently chair, and a sponsor for both the E-Learning Awards and the IT Training Awards. In every respect, my dealings with Hanif have been positive, enjoyable, upbeat and stimulating, qualities which shine through in his photo above. This is how I will remember him.
But it is the work that Saffron has carried out for its clients which tells the true story. As the website says:
"At Saffron we like to do things a little differently. The people at Saffron are passionate about learning. You’re looking for improvements in performance and changes in behaviour. We’ll help you achieve those business benefits by focusing on the choices your people make every day. With Saffron’s bespoke e-learning, they’ll be making the right choices every time. We’re not interested in adding to the mountain of dull ‘e-telling’ that often masquerades as e-learning. We want your people to be inspired, to be energised, to make the right choices and to take action. This is why we’re in business."
This will be Hanif’s true legacy and I know that both his wife and the employees of Saffron have expressed their determination to keep this vision alive. We wish them every success.