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Bright Simons

mPedigree Network
Bright Simons is president of the mPedigree Network, where he pioneered a system that allows consumers to instantly check whether their medicines are counterfeits by sending a free text message from any basic feature phone. Meanwhile a cloud-based system on the backend takes feed from across the supply chain to enable threat detection and pattern analysis. He is director of development research at IMANI, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils, 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 regularly serves as a consultant and resource person on innovation strategy to international organisations such as the World Bank, UNECA, USAID, and the Commonwealth. He is a member of the UN Secretary General's Taskforce on Innovative Healthcare Models, an a member of the Advisory Board of IC Publications, one of Africa's and the African Diaspora's leading and best-regarded publishers. Bright is a regular contributor to BBC Business and Harvard Business Review, and is regularly cited in many of the world's leading news media.