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dublin Leadership

Francis Kelly

Center Director

Francis's role is to manage the CEA Dublin Center including facilities, staff, activities, housing, excursions, and pastoral support. Francis is also the Founder and Director of the International School of Business, Dublin, CEA's partner institution in Dublin.

Francis has worked in international education for the past 25 years in both the private and public sectors. He has lectured in both France and Ireland and created two business schools. Francis holds a Bachelor of Arts in Irish and French Language and Literature from University College Cork, a Master of Arts in Irish Studies from the Université de Lille III, France, a Master's in Business Studies in International Marketing from the Smurfit Graduate School of Business (University College Dublin). He speaks Irish and French fluently and has a good working knowledge of Spanish and Italian.

Francis has travelled widely across five continents, including a volunteer placement in Ghana, West Africa, eight years living and working in France, multiple trips to the U.S., Canada, and across Europe. He is passionate about cultures and believes that the real richness of study abroad comes from experiencing cultural differences first-hand.


* European Association of Institutes of Education (EAIE)


* ASAPI (American Study Abroad Providers Ireland)

* QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland)

* The Marketing Institute of Ireland

Irish Council for Overseas Students

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Darragh O Briain

Academic Director

As Academic Director for CEA Dublin Center, Mr. Darragh O Briain manages faculty relationships and appointments, schedules courses, manages student and faculty grievances, assists in recommending curriculum updates, provides academic advising, and oversees the day-to-day academic activities of the CEA Dublin Center.

Mr. O Briain has vast lecturing experience in Market Research, Event Management, Marketing Communications, Sales Management and Entrepreneurship with the American College Dublin, Griffith College and the European Business School. In 2005, he was elevated to the position of Academic Director of the European Business School, where he was responsible for overseeing faculty and academia for visiting U.S. and European semester students. Mr. O Briain is the Academic Dean of The International School of Business, where is responsible for faculty, students, curriculum development, assessments and course validation. Mr. O Briain has also sat on the Academic Executive Board of Dublin Business School and been involved with an expert panel for degree course validation on behalf of HETAC (Irish State Higher Education Accreditation Committee).

Mr. O Briain holds an MA from Trinity College, where he focused his thesis studies on advertising, communication and media. He also has an Advanced Diploma in Marketing techniques and a BS in Marketing, jointly awarded by Dublin Institute of Technology and Trinity College.


* HETAC (Irish Government Accreditation Agency) Expert Panel for Programme Validation

* Sat on Dublin Business School's Executive Committee


* Diploma in Advanced Marketing Techniques - Dublin Institute of Technology

* Certificate in Applied Merchandising and Display - Dublin Institute of Technology

* London Chamber of Commerce Certificate in Advanced Business German

* 2007 Acknowledged for "Outstanding Contribution to Youth Work" by Dublin City Vocational Education Committee

* 2008 Honoured by the President for 10 years of quality adult service to Gaisce/The President's Award (The Presidents Citizenship scheme for young people)

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dublin Team

Aedin Twamley

Academic Administrator

Upon arrival in Dublin, CEA Academic Administrator, Aedín – or her colleague Sophie – are the first people you will meet at the student residence. They’ll help you settle in and find your way from the

residence to the college. Aedín works in the morning, so if you have any queries at the beginning of your day, she’s your first port of call. Aedín updates the website and social media for both CEA Dublin and ISB (the International School of Business), sharing all the great excursions and events that you will enjoy with your new friends.

She has 25 years of experience working in administration, support, training, and design, including four years spent in Paris, France, where she began her professional career with an American investment bank. Aedín has worked with two youth projects and set up websites for various non-profit organizations, including one for food allergies, so if you have any issues finding food you can eat in Dublin, Aedín can help!

Aedín studied Environmental Design at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Graphics, and Photography at the Irish School of Animation, Ballyfermot and completed a Webmaster diploma. Although she has spent most of her life in Dublin – and can help you find your way around – she grew up in the Garden of Ireland, Wicklow, and can recommend places to visit there, too.

Aedín looks forward to welcoming you to Ireland.

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