Brendan M. Tuohey

Cofounder and Executive Director, PeacePlayers International

Along with his brother Sean, Brendan Tuohey founded PeacePlayers International ( in 2001. PeacePlayers International is a global organization based in Washington, DC, that uses sports to unite and educate young people in divided communities. Over the past nine years, the organization has worked with over 50,000 children in Northern Ireland, South Africa, Cyprus, New Orleans, and the Middle East.

In February 2008, Brendan and Sean Tuohey received the Laureus Sport for Good Award, which recognizes individuals who make a contribution to society through sport, at the ninth annual Laureus World Sports Awards in St. Petersburg, Russia. In July 2007, two PeacePlayers International Northern Ireland leaders were awarded the prestigious Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2007 ESPYS. Brendan Tuohey has also been recognized as one of “40 under 40 Top International Development Leaders in Washington, DC,” by Devex in September 2010, a “Washingtonian of the Year” by Washingtonian magazine in December 2007, and one of the “The 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America” by the Institute of International Sport in October 2007.

Tuohey is a 1996 graduate of Colgate University. He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Graduate School of Sport Management. He was a 2010 Aspen Ideas festival scholar and is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations.