Young African Entrepreneur — Bright Simons
On this edition of Riz Khan’s Q&A, Riz sits down to talk with African entrepreneur Bright Simons, who is working tirelessly to promote novel economic opportunities in Africa.
Exploring the remarkably dynamic and well-read mind of Ghanaian social entrepreneur and innovator, Riz Khan talks with Bright Simons about his creation of a new paradigm in Africa that harnesses the incredible talent of educated and motivated young people.
A determined problem-solver, Simons created mPedigree Network, an important tool to stop the dangers of counterfeit drugs that have flooded the African continent.
“A hundred infants took this mixture for pain relief and, rather than get pain relief, they just died.”
- Bright Simons
Partnering with telecom operators, Fortune 500 technology companies, and regulatory agencies, mPedigree empowers consumers to protect their health by using simple mobile and web technology that can instantly authenticate their pharmaceutical products.
During the interview, Simons explores a wide range of issues, from the new entrepreneurial ideas being unleashed in Africa and the end of Africa’s brain drain, to Pan-African identity in a globalized era and concerns over leadership.