President and CEO
Bright Simons is president of the mPedigree Network (www.mpedigree.net), where he pioneered a system that allows consumers to instantly check whether their medicines are counterfeits or not by sending a free text message. He is honorary director of development research at IMANI; a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Councils (on Data and development), Young Global Leaders, and Technology Pioneers Communities; a TED and Ashoka fellow; and a Brain Trust member of the Evian Group at IMD.
He is a recipient of numerous awards, ranging from an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Award, Marie Curie and Commonwealth Vision Grants to a PPARC Scholarship in Gamma Ray Astronomy.Bright is consulted on innovation strategy by international organizations such as the World Bank, UNECA, USAID, and the Commonwealth; and is a member of the United Nations taskforce on innovative models in healthcare. He is a Global Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar, where he also served on the 2011 faculty for healthcare.
Bright is furthermore a member of the Advisory Board of IC Publications, one of the world's leading publishers focused on Africa and the African diaspora; of the Microsoft for Africa Advisory Council; and of the Sanofi Digital and Africa 2.0 Advisory boards.