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Bright Simons is a Ghanaian social innovator, entrepreneur, writer and a researcher affiliated with IMANI.

Work

As of 2013, Bright Simons was the President of the mPedigree Network, an organisation, that describes itself as a 'social enterprise' and is noted for its work against counterfeit medicines and the production of software, called goldkeys, that enable the verification of certain products in some countries,

He writes for the Huffington Post,[2] Digital[3] and the Royal African Society's online magazine, African Arguments. He is also a regular contributor to the BBC's Business Daily programs.

He has co-authored research at IMANI.

Recognition

In 2012, The Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy named him one of the Top 99 under 33 Innovators for his work with mPedigree.

He was included on a list released on August 21, 2013, by MIT Technology Review of the Top 35 Innovators Under 35. The list was said to be the 13th edition and has previously included innovators such as Google founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, and Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg. He was included on the list for his work in telecommunications.

Bright Simons was also recognised in 2012 as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Earlier, in 2009, he has been named a TED Fellow by TED and the mPedigree Network has been recognised as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.

The International Foundation for Africa Innovation gave him a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to innovation in Africa on August 7, 2013.[10]

The Salzburg Global Seminar (http://salzburgglobal.org)named Bright Simons a Fellow in 2011, and he credits his Salzburg engagement as helping accelerate movement of the mPedigree Network from Africa to India and China.

Affiliations

Bright Simons is a member of the Advisory Board of IC Publications, publishers of the New African and Africa Business, among other titles.[11] Other members of the Advisory Board include Thabo Mbeki, former President of South Africa, and Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, former World Bank Vice President for Africa.

He is also a member of the United Nations Taskforce on Sustainable Business Models in Health.

In 2010, he became a member of Ashoka's Globalizer Initiative, having been elected a Fellow of Ashoka in 2008.

In October 2013, he was appointed to the Microsoft Afrika Advisory Council , which is chaired by former President Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania
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