Bright Simons is a technology innovator, development activist and social entrepreneur.
Simons believes innovation has the power to transform Africa. He is President of the mPedigree Network, a system that empowers consumers to instantly verify with a free text message whether their medicines are safe and not counterfeit.
Prior, he was Director of Research at the IMANI Centre for Policy and Education in Ghana, where he helped steer the organization’s award-winning research activities. Bright is a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Agenda Councils and Technology Pioneers communities.
He is also an Ashoka Fellow, TED Fellow, Salzburg Global Fellow, Tech Museum Laureate and a Brain Trust member of the Evian Group at IMD. In 2010, he was conferred with an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Award by the African Leadership Institute. In 2013, he was named to the Advisory Board of IC Publications, a leading Pan-African and Afro-Diaporan publisher.
Simons believes innovation has the power to transform Africa and says there are certain traits innovators in Africa should possess.