Bright Simons

2018 Cheng Fellow

Bright Simons is a Mid-Career MPA candidate and the George Mallinckrodt Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to coming to Harvard, he served for more than a decade as the President of mPedigree, a social enterprise ranked number 34 among world-changing companies by Fortune Magazine in 2016 and among the world’s most creative companies by Fast Company magazine. mPedigree works on three continents in partnership with governments, several of the Fortune 500 companies and grassroots organizations to spread innovative, including patent-pending, technologies that secure communities from the harmful effects of counterfeiting. Bright writes regularly for, among others, the Africa Report, New Africa, Harvard Business Review, Quartz magazine, the BBC’s Business Daily show, and the Huffington Post. He serves on the Advisory Board of IC Publications, owner of the New African. He has served on the inaugural Microsoft Africa Advisory Council; the Lancet Commission on the Future of Health in Africa; the Center for Global Development’s Study Group on the Future of Work; and the inaugural Ashoka Globalizer initiative. As an early Director at IMANI, he has contributed considerably to IMANI’s continuous recognition as one of the world’s most innovative think tanks and among Africa’s top 5 institutions of its kind. Bright also contributes to the building of global networks as a member of multiple World Economic Forum Global Agenda and Future Councils, the TED Fellowship, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellowship, and the Aspen Global Leadership Network Fellowship. In 2016, Fortune magazine named him on their 50 World Greatest Leaders list. Bright’s work as an Adrian Cheng Fellow at HKS focuses on exploring the power of new technologies that combine data analytics and thermosensitive polymers for temperature control and accountability management in sensitive cold chains for vaccines and biotech products.