Chemi Peres

on a new memoir written by his father
Former President & Prime Minister
Shimon Peres
No Room for Small Dreams: Courage, Imagination, and the making of Modern Israel

Hosted by Marcia Riklis at her home

Monday, September, 2017

We were moved by the inspiring and moving conversation with Chemi Peres on the new memoir, “No Room for Small Dreams”, written by his father, Shimon Peres, Nobel Prize winner, and former President & Prime Minister of Israel. Chemi Peres was eloquent on his father’s enduring legacy for world peace and his hopes for the future of Israel. The event was hosted by noted businesswoman/philanthropist Marcia Riklis at her home overlooking Central Park.


Event Photos


[From Left: Michael Kessler, Itzhak Krinsky, Marcia Riklis, Chemi Peres, Patricia Duff, Marcia Riklis, Chemi Peres, Donald Rosenfeld, Chemi Peres]

[IN AUDIENCE: Ivy Engel, Toby Horn, Bob Wyman, Richard Cohen, Jody Steiger, Stan Cohen, Nirel Levi, Jerome Ponz; From Left: Bonnie Lautenberg, Chemi Peres, Steve Leber]

Shimon Peres, a leading statesman in his country and around the world, penned the book, “No Room for Small Dreams: Courage, Imagination, and the Making of Modern Israel”, shortly before his death late last year, intertwining the historic moments of his own life and of Israel’s—and the future he hopes for his nation. Shimon Peres was one of Israel’s founding fathers and for more than six decades was an architect of its ascent from a fragile state to a global power. In 1994, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his extraordinary efforts to forge peace between Israel and the Palestinians. In 1996, he founded the groundbreaking Peres Center for Peace and Innovation to focus on developing and implementing imaginative peacebuilding programs around the world. Peres died in September 2016, shortly after finishing his work on this book. He was ninety-three years old.


Chemi Peres is a Managing General Partner and Co-Founder of Pitango. In 1992, he founded the Mofet Israel Technology Fund, an Israeli venture capital fund publicly traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Prior to Mofet, Chemi held managerial positions at Decision Systems Israel (DSI). Chemi served as a pilot in the Israeli Air Force for 10 years.

Chemi has served on the boards of several NASDAQ companies, such as AudioCodes, BackWeb, Magic Software Enterprises, Aladdin, VocalTec, Orckit Communications and Koor Industries, among others.

He currently serves on the boards of numerous Pitango portfolio companies. Chemi also serves as a board member in several non-for-profit organizations. He is chairman of the Peres center for Peace, board member at Social Finance Israel and serves on the board of Governors of The Jewish Diaspora Museum. He holds BSc. degree in Industrial Engineering and MBA from Tel Aviv University.

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR: No Room for Small Dreams

“By his unyielding determination and principle, Shimon Peres time and again helped guide his beloved country through the crucible of mortal challenge. But it was by his innate humanity, his decency, that Shimon inspired the world over.” – Former President George H. W. Bush

“Shimon Peres started…as Israel’s brightest student, became one of its best teachers, and ended up its biggest dreamer…This book captures my friend’s lifelong belief in our potential to rise above our wounds, our resentments, and our fears to make the most of today and claim the promise of tomorrow.” – Former President Bill Clinton

“Shimon Peres was a giant of Israel’s founding generation, a tireless advocate for peace, and an eternal optimist who lived his life with a sense of hope and possibility…All of us have much to learn from his story, which now belongs to the ages.” – Former President Barack Obama