Bright B. Simons is a Ghanaian Policy Activist and Social Entrepreneur.
first role, 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.
In the second he
works to unlock the powers of the market in tackling large-scale problems that defy straitjacket state-sector solutions.
These roles are primarily exercised in his
capacity as the Director of Development Research at the award-winning African think tank IMANI
(www.imanighana.org), and as the President of the mPedigree Network
duties have led to speaking engagements around the world and consequently to 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 and later to its Global Agenda Councils (the organisation's foremost expert body).
A TED and Ashoka Fellow, he is also a member of the Evian Group's Brain Trust at IMD, widely considered to be Europe's foremost business school, and of the Aspen Socrates Society.
commitment to social change and his
recognition of the multidisciplinary nature of all true change are attested to by numerous awards for varied exploits, ranging from Marie Curie and Commonwealth Vision Grants to a scholarship from the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council of the United Kingdom