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Dr. Robert M. Mauro

Director, Global Leadership Institute
Phone: 617-552-1999

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Dr. Robert M. Mauro, Executive Director, also serves as Director of the Irish Institute. He completed his PhD (The Practice of Ideology, 2009) in Political Science at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the State University of New York in Albany.  Before coming to Boston College he undertook a post-doctoral research fellowship in the Institute for British-Irish Studies (IBIS) at University College Dublin (UCD). While there he worked on a project, titled Breaking the Patterns of Conflict: The Irish State, the British Dimension, and the Northern Ireland Conflict, a comprehensive oral history of policy makers involved with Northern Ireland peace process from the Sunningdale Agreement to the St. Andrews Agreement.

In addition, to being an experienced academic, Dr. Mauro has extensive experience in university administration and a deep interest in entrepreneurial practices. During the past four years as Director of the Irish Institute, Dr. Mauro designed and implemented professional education programs for developing and senior leaders in Ireland and Northern Ireland. These programs hosted over 600 participants from fields as diverse as business and innovation, policy, science and technology, and bureaucracy. In addition, Dr. Mauro developed and continues to led an active alumni association allowing past participants to continue to share, learn, and advance through Irish Institute programing.

In addition to his work at Boston College, Dr. Mauro is active in ensuring that the university is well connected to the community. He is past-President of Irish Network Boston, a Director of the Wild Geese Network of Irish Scientists, a board advisor to both The Frederick Douglass- Daniel O’Connell Project the Gaelic Players Association New England. Dr. Mauro received a “Top 40 Under 40” in Irish-America award in 2013.

Andrea Murphy

Manager, Finance and Operations
Phone: 617-552-4646


Andrea L. Murphy is the Manager, Finance and Operations for the Global Leadership Institute, where her role consists of financial administration, budget analysis, reporting, financial projections, and audit. Andrea directly impacts the long-term success by maintaining the custom programs financial growth as it continues to expand globally. She also ensures that first-class programs are developed that meet strategic educational goals of client organizations while supporting the financial objectives. Over the past 20 years at Boston College, she has also worked in the Office of the Controller, which she gained valuable compliance and auditing experience for Sponsored Programs. Andrea completed her Bachelor of Science in Marketing at Boston College.



Paul Breen
Assistant Director, Global Leadership Institute
Phone: 617-552-2109

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Paul Breen is assistant director of the Global Leadership Institute. Paul received his Bachelor of Science in Business and Management from the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) School of Marketing and has also studied International Business at École Supérieure de Commerce de Toulouse. While at DIT, Paul completed a dissertation exploring organizational culture in public administration. Before coming to Boston College, Paul worked as a trade development executive with Enterprise Ireland, the Irish Government's trade and technology agency. Enterprise Ireland partners with entrepreneurs, Irish businesses and the research and investment communities, in order to develop Ireland's international trade, innovation, leadership and competitiveness. Paul was based in Enterprise Ireland's Boston office, consulting, promoting and supporting technology companies on their sales and marketing strategies for the U.S. market. Paul is currently an executive board member of the Boston Irish Business Association and has spent time in Honduras, Nicaragua and Malawi, working on various sustainable humanitarian projects with two different non-government organizations (NGOs).



Colleen White
Program Administrator
phone: 617-552-8697

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Colleen White is a Program Administrator at the Global Leadership Institute of Boston College. She completed her B.A. in Linguistics at Boston College, and is currently working towards an MBA in Global Management. During her time at college, Colleen served as a PULSE Council member and community partner liaison, helping to coordinate the placement and internships for over 300 undergraduates in one of 52 non-profit organizations throughout the city of Boston. Prior to joining the Global Leadership Institute, Colleen was a project manager and client relations specialist in the translation industry, handling all aspects of projects for U.S. and international clients such as General Electric, Proctor and Gamble, and FEMA.

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Keelin Henderson
Program Administrator
phone: 617-552-8692


Keelin Henderson is a Program Administrator at the Global Leadership Institute of Boston College. She completed her B.A. in Communication at Boston College and hopes to pursue an MBA and further her education in the years to come. During her undergraduate career, Keelin worked as a student intern for the Irish Institute as well as the Global Leadership Institute as it began to develop and expand. She was also an active member and eventually captain and vice president of the Boston College Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team. Keelin previously interned at MacDougall Biomedical Communications, a corporate communications company in the biotech field, where she assisted with operational tasks and created media and business development briefings for clients.