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Occupational Information

Occupation: Social Entrepreneur

Occupational Position: President mPedigree

Professional History

Bright B. Simons is a Ghanaian policy activist and social entrepreneur. He seeks to broaden the participation of non-technocrats in the debate about strategic choices for African development by championing transparency and decision-making accountability. As an entrepreneur and as the founder and president of mPedigree, he has worked to unlock the powers of the market in tackling large-scale problems that defy straitjacket state-sector solutions. One example of this is the work he has done in using SMS text messages to prevent counterfeiting of prescription medicines.  A patient picking up a prescription can text a message and receive confirmation that the medicine is legitimate from the manufacturer.

He is an honorary Vice President at the award-winning African think tank IMANI. His duties have led to speaking engagements around the world and numerous citations in the international press, ranging from the Economist, New York Times, the Financial Times, Asian Times, and the BBC, where he is a regular commentator for the World Service. An emerging global thought leader, Bright was invited in 2008 by the World Economic Forum to its Technology Pioneer Community at Davos. He is a a member of the WEF Global Agenda Councils, a Young Global Leader, a TED and Ashoka fellow, and a Brain Trust member of the Evian Group at IMD.

Most recently, mPedigree was named as one of the 10 most innovative companies in Africa for 2020 by Fast Company.




2010 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow