Meet the Team


Roy Pietro

Roy E. Pietro, Ed.D.
Project Director/PI
Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI)

Tel: (860) 486-4252

Dr. Roy Pietro has served as the Principal Investigator for numerous professional and academic exchange programs for UConn, funded by the U.S. Department of State. During his 20-year tenure at UConn, Roy has led efforts to secure approximately $20 million in federal and state contract awards, which promote GTDI's mission to provide transformational learning experiences to international participants. In 2008, he was selected as New England’s nominee for the prestigious Adelle F. Robertson Professional Continuing Educator Award.

Roy has also initiated academic partnerships and educational collaborations with various national and international higher education institutions, including the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS); the University of Maryland; Brown University; the University of Texas at Austin; the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel; Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, Turkey; Hong Kong Baptist University in Hong Kong, China; the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa; and the UN-mandated University for Peace in Ciudad Colón, Costa Rica. He has also established partnerships with several highly regarded international NGOs, including TechnoServe, Ashoka, the Junior Chamber International (JCI), and the Institute for International Education (IIE).

Roy holds a Doctor of Education degree in International Education from the University of Bath in the UK, Master's degree in Public Administration from UConn, Master's degree in Education from Springfield College, and Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from UConn. His research interests include transformative global citizenship, critical service-learning, and sport for development and peace (SDP).


GTDI Staff Name Email
Assistant Director Laura Labato
Academic Director, YSEALI Glenn Robinson
Graduate Student Employee Trevor Schantz
Undergraduate Student Employee Jenna Bruder