Chemi Peres, son of former Israeli President Shimon Peres, is being awarded the Bertelsmann Stiftung's 2020 Reinhard Mohn Prize. As Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Tel Aviv-based Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, the successful entrepreneur has demonstrated considerable drive and vision in his efforts to promote innovation and economic progress in Israel. The 61-year-old is thus representative of Israel in its role as "innovation and start-up nation," we say in the statement announcing the award. At the same time, Peres has played a leading role in shaping the discourse on innovation and its positive potentials.
With great foresight and a broad international network of partners, he has been through the work of the Peres Center fostering innovation in key areas such as entrepreneurship, health, business, the environment and sports. The impact of his efforts will be expanded through the branch office that the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation hopes to open in Berlin.