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The 2015 Luminary Award Recipient, Mr. Peter G. Kelly

Mr. Peter G. Kelly has been an advocate for global democracy and human rights for years. We are happy to honor him as the World Affairs Council of Connecticut’s 2015 Luminary Award recipient for his years of dedication to promoting awareness of global issues.

Arthur House, CT AG George Jepsen, and Chair Emeritus Peter Kelly

Join us on May 7th for the 2015 Luminary Award Gala, to be held at the Hartford Marriott Downtown, to honor Mr. Kelly. Registration to follow soon.

Sponsorship opportunities of various levels are available; for information on sponsorship email



The following list include only the highlights of his extensive career:

  • Graduated from Georgetown University in 1959, magna cum laude.
  • Graduated from the Yale Law School in 1962, where he served as an editor of The Yale Law Journal.
  • Became interested in public policy issues after editing a 400 page article in The Yale Law Journal on Apartheid in South Africa.
  • Served in a variety of senior Democratic leadership positions over 12 years in the DNC, DSCC, DCCC DGA and DSTA (Party, Senate, House, Governors, State Treasurers).
  • Was one of the architects of the National Endowment for Democracy and its subset organizations, including the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI).
  • Took on the role of Managing Director of Burston-Marstellar–Latin America, the world leader in Public Relations.
  • Served as Chariman of WACCT and serves to guide and shape the WACCT strategic direction and programs.
  • Helped organize and served as Chairman for first 13 years of The Center for Democracy (CFD), a foundation that served as an early intervenor in extraordinary situations in Central America, the Former Soviet Union, Africa and other hotspots.
  • Provided leadership training to the tribal council of the Oglala Sioux in South Dakota in 1973 and 1974.
  • Became a director and Chair of the of International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), an organization focused on structuring of the electoral systems, empowerment of women in government and politics and access for disabled voters throughout the World.
  • Served as a Trustee of CNA, the think tank of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, for 23 years.
  • Served as Chairman of the PBN Corporation with offices in Moscow, Kiev, Almaty, London, Washington, D.C., etc.
  • Joined in the formation of International Center for Middle East studies;- Serves as a Vice Chairman.
  • Joined in the creation of the fIrst Hospice (Branford) in the United States (1974).  There are now over 4,000 hospices in the USA.
  • Served as Chairman of Greater Hartford Arts Council, The Greater Hartford Chamber of Commerce, The Greater Hartford Convention and Visitors Bureau and dozens of other community based organizations in Connecticut and elsewhere.
  • Is a co-founder and Chairman of Malta House of Care Foundation.

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