The Peres Heritage Initiative


A prize for young and social innovators, entrepreneurs or researchers who have distinguished themselves with important projects in fields related to the political and humanitarian activity of Shimon Peres.
This initiative wants to play a role in passing on his legacy to future generations.

The Peres Heritage Initiative 2017

The Peres Heritage Initiative

at the annual The European House – Ambrosetti Forum
Intelligence on the World, Europe, and Italy”

A prize for young and social innovators, entrepreneurs or researchers who have distinguished themselves with important projects in fields related to the political and humanitarian activity of Shimon Peres, the great Israeli leader, Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 and protagonist of 24 editions of The European House – Ambrosetti Forum in Cernobbio.

The following are the contents of “The Peres Heritage Initiative”, which together with The European House – Ambrosetti, will award the prizes at the 43rd edition of the Forum Intelligence on the World, Europe, and Italy”, scheduled at Villa d’Este, in Cernobbio, from September 1 to 3.

The initiative comes a year after the last presence of Shimon Peres at Villa d’Este and aims to convey its moral heritage to future generations.

To be awarded, three young innovators under the age of 35, who have distinguished themselves for a specific project in the fields of sustainability, nonprofit, scientific and technological developments, social innovation and concrete support for peace in the world.

The award:

  • participation at The European House – Ambrosetti Forum;
  • presentation, as a special part of the Forum, of projects to entrepreneurs, politicians and opinion leaders, and to Chemi Peres, son of the Israeli leader;
  • mentorship program in order to realize the projects in a best and concrete manner.

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

Massoud Hansani – Netherlands
“Mine Kafoon”, project for a wind-powered landmines detector

Massoud Hansani grew up in Afghanistan and after having moved for more than 40 times through different countries, he and his family settled down in the Netherlands, where he continued to study Industrial Design at Design Academy Eindhoven. Inspired by the homemade wind-powered toys he created during his childhood in Afghanistan, Massoud created the Mine Kafon wind-powered landmine detector for his 2011 graduation project. The project rapidly gained interest in the media and in 2012, Massoud and his brother Mahmud organised a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the development of the Mine Kafon as a prominent piece of landmine clearing technology.

Sandra Rey – France
“Glowee”, project “Harnessing bioluminescence for sustainable lighting solutions”

Sandra Rey is a French designer who founded Glowee, a start-up aiming at creating sustainable lighting solutions. Lighting currently accounts for about 10% of electricity consumption and population growth and urbanization are likely to increase its relevancy in the future. Glowee develops a biological source of light, using the bioluminescent properties of marine micro-organisms. By enabling bacteria to make light, Glowee offers a living and lighting raw material which is self-sufficient and is of no need of infrastructures, thus disrupting the way to produce and consume light.

Christian Salvatore – Italy
Artificial Intelligence for automatic diagnosis of Alzheimer and Parkison

By letting computers do the thinking with artificial intelligence and machine learning, Salvatore uses AI for automatic diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, paving the way for the future of diagnostics and preventative medicine. Salvatore, born in 1987, obtained a degree in physics at Milano Bicocca University, and is now planning to develop algorithms for diagnosis of autism or eating disorders.

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

partnership with the Peres Center for Peace

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