Bright Simons is president of the mPedigree Network, where he pioneered a system that allows consumers to instantly check whether products they buy — especially health-related — are counterfeits or not by sending a free text message.
Simons 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.
He 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 and the Lancet Commission on Sub-Saharan Africa. He is a global fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar, where he also served on the 2011 faculty for healthcare. He has appeared on prime time BBC shows, been cited by Economist magazine and been profiled by MIT’s Tech Review as one of the world’s most impressive visionaries under age 35. He 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.