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The Peres Heritage Initiative 2019

“The Peres Heritage Initiative” is an award dedicated to  young social innovators, entrepreneurs, activists, and researches who are distinguishing themselves for outstanding achievements in fields related to Shimon Peres’ political and humanitarian activism.

The Peres Heritage Initiative 2019

The Peres Heritage Initiative

Third edition

at the 45th Annual Forum
“Intelligence on the World, Europe, and Italy”
September 6-8, 2019

With the Patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel and
w
ith the support of the Peres Center for Peace
and Innovation and Teva

Empowering a community of future leaders

The Initiative in brief

The Peres Heritage Initiative is a social award launched at the 43rd edition of The European House – Ambrosetti Annual Forum “Intelligence on the World, Europe, and Italy” (September 2017) to commemorate the legacy of Shimon Peres, who participated in 24 editions of our Annual Forum.

The Initiative, organized in cooperation with the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation and with the Patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel, is a social award dedicated to young social innovators, entrepreneurs, activists, or researchers below the age of 35 who are distinguishing themselves for outstanding achievements in one of the following fields, coherent with Shimon’s credo: pursuit of peace, green economy and sustainability/circular economy, inclusive business models, nonprofit sector, innovation and scientific developments, social innovation.

Recipients of the Peres Heritage Initiative will be hosted at our Annual Forum, where they will showcase their experience, vision, and project.

The ultimate vision of the project is to build a community of young innovators and to facilitate its interaction with the business and political leaders attending our Annual Forum.

With the Peres Heritage Initiative, each year we not only host the three awardees, but also the all awardees of the previous years, connecting them with each other, with our guests, and all the relevant attendees, thereby creating in the years a powerful network of innovators around the world.


Third edition wrap up

The third edition of the Peres Heritage Initiative took stage during the session «The good News: the positive narrative the world needs», moderated by Alec Ross, at the 45th edition of the The European House – Ambrosetti Annual  Forum. The winners were awarded by Tsvia Peres Walden.

Below are listed the names of the selected young people and their projects:

Enass Abo-Hamed, Co-founder and CEO at H2GO power – Israel, Energy

Co-founder and CEO at H2GO power, an award winning spin-out company from the University of Cambridge (UK) developing energy storage technologies, she is passionate about entrepreneurship and clean energy technology policy. She has 10 years of research and business experience in hydrogen production, nanotechnology, catalysis, renewable energy and energy storage.

Lucrezia Bisignani, Founder and CEO at Kukua – Italy, Social entrepreneurship / Education

27 years olds, she is Founder and CEO of Kukua, an education entertainment company building a pan-African children’s franchise around Sema, Africa’s first animated child heroine. Sema is brought to life with an animated TV Series, educational games and toys. She was listed on the Forbes 30 under 30 2019 Social entrepreneurs list, and was selected to speak at WIRED 2016 as one of the women who are changing the world.

Dhruv Ghulati, CEO at Factmata – United Kingdom, AI

CEO of Factmata, a company he founded together with two professors of the universities of Sheffield and UCL, he is also one of the leading developers of Wikipedia. Factmata’s goal is to combat online disinformation found on the web by utilizing human-assisted artificial intelligence to identify abusive content, hate messages, spam, propaganda and fake news. The company was founded in 2017 and Dhruv Ghulati has already raised $1 million in seed funding.


Second edition wrap up

The second edition of the Peres Heritage Initiative took stage during the session «The good News: the positive narrative the world needs» at the 44° edition of the The European House – Ambrosetti Annual  Forum. The initiative was awarded by Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi and Mr Chemi Peres.

Below are listed the names of the selected young people and their projects:

Julian Melchiorri, CEO and Founder – Arborea (Italy)
Samantha Payne, COO and Cofounder – Open Bionics (UK)
Elad Walach, CEO and Cofounder – Aidoc (Israel)

First edition wrap up

The first edition of the Peres Heritage Initiative was inaugurated by the Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and Chemi Peres, Shimon’s Son, during the Gala Dinner of the The European House – Ambrosetti Annual Forum “Intelligence on the World, Europe, and Italy” (September 2, 2017).

Peres Heritage Initiative 2017

Below are listed the names of the selected young people and their projects:

Massoud Hansani, Co-founder and Managing Director at Mine Kafon Lab (Netherlands/Afghanistan)
“Mine Kafon”, project for a wind-powered landmines detector
Sandra Rey, Founder and CEO at Glowee (France)
“Glowee”, project “Harnessing bioluminescence for sustainable lighting solutions”
Christian Salvatore, Researcher, Institute of Molecular Bioimaging and Physiology  (Italy)
Artificial Intelligence for automatic diagnosis of Alzheimer and Parkison

Evaluation criteria

The recipients will be chosen according to their alignment with the key words of Shimon’s political acitivism:

  • Commitment. Self-dedication to a cause will be a major element of the Peres Heritage Initiative winners.
  • Pursuit of Peace. Strong ethics and morality are the backbone of a functioning and peaceful society, the one Shimon Peres strived for.
  • Entrepreneurship. Transforming visionary dreams into successful businesses, employment, and growth is one of the reasons Shimon Peres will be remembered.
  • Impact. Those with the best intentions and utmost commitment are to be admired, but the award will only be presented to those who really make a difference.
  • Inclusivity. In a world of alienation and rising inequality, those who distinguished themselves by tearing down walls – rather than building them – will be the leaders of tomorrow.
  • Innovation. Facing new challenges entails finding new solutions. The global leaders of tomorrow will be those capable of thinking out of the box to elaborate elegant solutions to complex problems.
Target and eligibility

Young innovators below the age of 35, who have distinguished themselves in one of the following fields, are eligible for the Peres Heritage Initiative:

  • Pursuit of peace
  • Green Economy and Sustainability/Circular Economy
  • Entrepreneurship and inclusive business models
  • Innovation and Scientific Developments
  • Social Innovation
  • New Challenges in Education
  • Poverty eradication
Selection process

Candidates will be selected through two different channels, application and nomination, according to the following process.

  • Step 1. The European House – Ambrosetti will publish a call for action, supported by a social media campaign, to solicit applications from young talents.
  • Step 2. After applications are closed, the The European House – Ambrosetti working group will define a long list of 20 high potential candidates.
  • Step 3. The whole The European House – Ambrosetti company then will vote their best three candidates to reach a short list of 8 candidates.
  • Step 4. The top 8 candidates will be then submitted to the Advisors of the The European House – Ambrosetti Annual Forum, who will select the three winners.
How to apply

Submit your project by filling the online Application Form.

Applicants will be required to submit a brief description of their project, research activity, or business models, along with all relevant supporting materials.


 “The purpose of life is to find a cause that’s larger than yourself,
and then to give your life for it.”
Shimon Peres