The Peres Heritage Initiative 2021

At the 47th Annual Forum “Intelligence on the World, Europe, and Italy”, September 3-5, 2021.

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” to commemorate the legacy of Shimon Peres, whom for 24 years participated in of our Annual Forum, among which his very last public appearance, becoming for us all a mentor and a source of great inspiration.

To pass on his legacy of technological innovation and pursuit of peace to the future generations, each year the Peres Heritage Initiative awards three young innovators at our Annual Forum. Recipients of the Peres Heritage Initiative are hosted at the The European House - Ambrosetti Annual Forum with a slot in the main conference program, where they will have the chance to benefit from exposure to the global business, political and institutional communities, as well as to the media. Furthermore, they will have the opportunity to receive a minimum investment of 250,000 USD, carried out by New Era Capital Partners.

The Peres Heritage Inititiave enjoys high institutional support. The award ceremony of the first three editions of the Peres Heritage Initiative, celebrated in 2017 by then Prime Minister and now EU Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni, in 2018 by then Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi, and in 2019 by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. In 2020, unfortunately, due to social distancing measure, the initiative took place in holographic format only.


With the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel, in cooperation with Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, in partnership with New Era Capital Partners, with the support of Teva

How to apply

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

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.



Find out more about the previous editions


Fourth edition wrap up
The fourth 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 46th edition of the The European House – Ambrosetti Annual Forum.
Below are listed the names of the selected young people and their projects:

Chiara Cecchini, Cofounder – Future Food Network (Italy, sustainability)
Working with a team of designers, chefs, scientists, nutritionists and economists, Florence-born Chiara Cecchini’s Future Food Network delivers international educational programs to build capacity on food and sustainability, engages the broader community though physical and digital activations, as well as helps major companies become more eco-friendly through R&D activities. Future Food Network is a purpose-driven company that supports food and beverage companies into their innovation journey towards more sustainable solutions, providing the tools and the skillset to perform SDG-centered innovation and regenerative design, as well as to assess outputs.

Olga Dubey, Cofounder and CEO – Agrosustain (Russia, sustainability)
Olga Dubey is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AgroSustain, a Nyon-based start-up that develops and brings to market novel, efficient, and natural antifungal solutions to extend the freshness of fruits and vegetables infected with molds. Currently in the pilot phase, AgroSustain aims for a full market entry in 2022, by targeting the highly-traded exotic fruits segment first – avocado, banana, and pineapple – and then scaling up to other highly-stored crops, such as potatoes and carrots.

Lex Hoefsloot, Cofounder and CEO – Lightyear (Netherlands, sustainability)
Lex Hoefsloot is co-founder and CEO of Lightyear, a tech company on a mission to create clean mobility for everyone. Currently, they are developing their first solar car, Lightyear One, which will come to market in 2021. Since the launch of the company in 2016, Lightyear received many awards, grants and support from key investors. With over 32 patents pending and more than 100 pre-orders, they are scaling-up towards start of production.

2019 - Third edition

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 of H2G0 power - Isreal, 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.

Listen to the interview


Lucrezia Bisignani, Founder and CEO of 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 of 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.


2018 - Second edition

The second edition of the Peres Heritage Initiative took stage during the session «The good News: the positive narrative the world needs» at the 44th 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)

2017 - First edition

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).


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

For further information:
Matteo Polistina, matteo.polistina@ambrosetti.eu
Tel.: +39 02 46753.314