Bright Simons speaking on Facts-based Activism During 2013 UN General Assembly Meeting.

Bright Simons is a Ghanaian social innovator, entrepreneur, writer and vice-president (in charge of research) at IMANI.[1] He is also the founder and president of mPedigree.


As of 2013, Bright Simons was the President of the mPedigree Network, a self-described 'social enterprise' noted for its work to expose makers and distributors of counterfeit medicines, and for creating a computer program called Goldkeys that enables the verification of certain products in some countries,.[2]

Simons writes for the Huffington Post,[3] Harvard Business Review Digital[4] and the Royal African Society's online magazine, African Arguments.[5] He is a regular contributor to the BBC's Business Daily programs.[6]

The Financial Times has described Bright Simons as "frighteningly clever".[7]

Simons has co-authored research at IMANI.[8]


In 2012, The Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy named Simons one of the Top 99 under 33 Innovators for his work with mPedigree.[9]

MIT Technology Review included Simons in a list, released August 21, 2013, of the top 35 innovators under 35. He was included on the list for his work in telecommunications.[10]

In 2009, Simons was a TED Fellow. The World Economic Forum recognized Simons in 2012 as a Young Global Leader and The mPedigree Network as a technology pioneer.

The International Foundation for Africa Innovation gave Simons a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to innovation in Africa on August 7, 2013.[11]

The Salzburg Global Seminar[12] named Bright Simons a Fellow in 2011. He credits his Salzburg engagement as helping accelerate movement of the mPedigree Network from Africa to India and China.

In March 2016, Fortune magazine listed Simons among the World's 50 Greatest Leaders, placing him just ahead of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.[13]

He has also been ranked by Africa Youth Awards among the 2016 100 Most Influential Young Africans.[14]

In October 2016, he won the Innovator of the year at the All Africa Business Leaders Awards for West Africa category and All Africa category respectively.[15]

In December 2017 he was announced as an Eliasson Prize Laureate and a Tallberg Global Fellow in New York City.[16]

In 2018 he was inducted into Power Brands LIFE – Hall of Fame at London International Forum for Equality[17]



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  2. ^ Chinese Pharma Cracks Down on Africa Counterfeits
  3. ^ "Search Bright B. Simons". Retrieved 2018-04-20.
  4. ^ Author Profile
  5. ^ RAS African Arguments Author Profile
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  7. ^ "Subscribe to read". Financial Times. Retrieved 2018-04-20.
  8. ^ Parallel Players, 'Economist' Magazine, June 23rd, 2012
  9. ^ "Bright Simons". Diplomatic Courier. Archived from the original on 15 April 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  10. ^ MIT Technology Review 2013 Top 35 Innovators Under 35 List
  11. ^ Simons, Amoabeng, Named iFAI Lifetime Achievers
  12. ^ "Salzburg Global Seminar".
  13. ^ "Fortune 50 World Greatest Leaders". Fortune. New York. 2016-03-30. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  14. ^ Akpah, Prince. "2016 100 Most Influential Young Africans Released". Modern Ghana. Retrieved 2018-04-20.
  15. ^ "Top business leaders revealed". Retrieved 2018-04-20.
  16. ^ "Global Leaders 2017". The Tällberg Foundation. 2017-11-06. Retrieved 2018-04-20.
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  18. ^ "IC Publications".
  19. ^ IC Publications Advisory Board webpage
  20. ^ "UN Taskforce on Sustainable Business Models in Health".
  21. ^ Merck for Mothers Webpage.
  22. ^ Social Entrepreneur from West Africa to Participate in Prestigious Fellowship,, April 12th, 2010
  23. ^ "Listening to Africa: Microsoft Forms 4Afrika Advisory Council". Microsoft on the Issues Africa. Retrieved 2018-04-20.