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Bright Simons

“My two decades of activism reinforce systems thinking approaches to multi-stakeholder innovation.”

Bright Simons is the Founder and President of mPedigree, a social enterprise working on three continents with governments, Fortune 500 companies and activists to safeguard human health and food security using technology. A career inventor and innovator, his current projects include vaccine quality detection using novel organo-sensors. As a Cheng Fellow, Bright led the Koldchain team on the thermocypher and related innovations, exploring the use of novel organo-sensors in the vaccine supply chain as well as the enabling digital health networks required to support biomedical security and intelligence.

Bright is a Skoll Awardee, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, TED Fellow, Aspen Braddock Fellow, 2017 class of Tällberg Global Leaders, winner of the Eliasson Global Leadership Prize of the Tällberg Foundation, and the 2016 CNBC African Innovative Business Leader of the Year. He is also a Board-level Advisor, with recent appointments to the Microsoft Africa Advisory Council, the Lancet Commission on the Future of Health in Africa, the Center for Global Development’s Study Group on Technology, the World Economic Forum’s Africa Strategy Group, Care International, the inaugural Ashoka Globalizer initiative, the Africa Population Health Research Center, and IC Publications, owner of the New African magazine. In 2016, Fortune magazine named him on their 50 World Greatest Leaders list.