FERD’S LIST is an initiative of JA Europe to recognize inspirational young entrepreneurs and leaders. They are individuals who, in the words of Johan Andresen, Chairman of FERD, are inspirational innovators “creating value and leaving lasting footprints”. They are connected because they have all participated in a JA practical entrepreneurial experience at school.

Johan H. Andresen

“We want to show that the entrepreneurial programs of JA – Junior Achievement, offer young people a unique opportunity which gives them self-awareness and learning through experience. This enables them to make better choices for themselves and their communities”
– says Johan H. Andresen

Selection criteria

FERD’s LIST aims to identify young people who achieved outstanding results in their lives after the JA experience.
It looks not only at what they achieved, but wants to celebrate the pathway they are on; recognizing that they are in a moment of life where their potential is being transformed into greater value for society.

  • Participated in a Junior Achievement company programme (or equivalent)
  • Outstanding young entrepreneur and/or leader aged 25 to 45
  • Change-maker, innovator
  • Evidence of a growing business or organization
  • Contribution to value creation
  • Driven by a desire to succeed and to give back at the same time; exemplary leaders and role models for others
  • Trustworthy, passionate, high integrity, strong communicators, good listeners, vision, grateful to their team, positive.
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November 23, 2022

Making a change from the podium of the Parliament

The Junior Achievement programme taught Roberta Metsola about the professional world. Today, she’s the president of the European Parliament and an inspiring change-maker. “I am honoured to be on the Ferd’s List 2022 alongside five inspirational Europeans,” says Roberta Metsola.Ferd’s List is an initiative of the investment company Ferd and…
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From migrant to successful entrepreneur

Azad Ali (25) came alone to Sweden as a young migrant. The Junior Achievement programme made him believe in himself – and today, he runs a successful high-end furniture business. “I often say that Junior Achievement changed my life. I thought that only those with rich parents could run a…
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The passionate waste entrepreneur

The Junior Achievement programme helped Mari Larsen Sæther start a successful business as a 16-year-old. Now she's creating a more circular world by changing the way we manage our waste. "It feels amazing to be a part of Ferd's List, together with so many inspiring people. It really motivates me…
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Turning dreams into reality

Peter Pašek wants his colleagues and clients to leave a positive mark on the world – while achieving their dreams. “I’m happy to be on Ferd’s List together with huge names,” says Peter Pašek, one of the six honourees on this year’s list. He is the managing director and partner…
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Making communication easier for everyone

Non-verbal children were left with paper pictograms – he thought they deserved a more user-friendly communication tool. Gianluca Marinelli (29) uses his young entrepreneurial skills to help people with special needs. “It is an honour to be on Ferd’s List. At the same time, I want to emphasise that this…
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The adventurous doctor

João Villas Boas (32) is the doctor who started a successful tourism business. The Junior Achievement programme significantly impacted his career – and life view. “It is my biggest professional honour to this day to be chosen to be a part of Ferd’s List – together with an incredible group…