Bright Simons is a Ghanaian social innovator, entrepreneur, writer, and researcher. He is the President of the mPedigree Network, a technology company who works to expose makers and distributors of counterfeit medicines. Simons has written for the Huffington Post and the Royal African Society’s online magazine, African Arguments, as well as co-authored research at IMANI. He also contributes frequently on BBC’s Business Daily programs. In 2013, the MIT Technology Review ranked his as one of the top 35 innovators under 35. The International Foundation for Africa Innovation gave Simons a lifetime achievement award for his contributions. He is also an Ashoka Fellow since 2008, a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow since 2011, and on the Advisory Council of Microsoft 4Afrika.
Mrs. Dolores Dickson
Mrs. Dolores Dickson is the Executive Director of Camfed Ghana. Camfed is an international non-governmental organization dedicated to the eradication of poverty in Africa through the education of girls and the empowerment of young women. She has about 10 years experience in the Development Sector. Mrs. Dickson has worked for the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the UN Headquarters in New York where she conducted socio-economic research for the UN advisory committee for Guinea Bissau, and also coordinated the Ghana charity, African Education Aid
. Dolores completed an MA in Development Studies at the University of Manchester in 2004 and worked at the British Red Cross Society in the UK. Since her appointment as Executive Director for Camfed Ghana in 2007, the Ghana program has grown substantially in reach and influence and high-level dialogue with the Ministry of Education in securing replication of Camfed’s strategies. She is involved in the strategic planning and direction of the Camfed Ghana Program including leading expansions and national advocacy campaigns. She serves as advisor on many community development projects and supports women’s groups and societies who aim at emancipating young women from the ill-effects of poverty and over-dependence.
Dr. James Toole
James Toole is a Senior Fellow whose lifelong professional passion is to foster a new generation of innovative, ethical, compassionate, and strategic youth leaders globally. He is a pioneer in the fields of peer helping, service-learning, and youth social entrepreneurship. In the School of Social Work since 1994, he is the recipient of the 2008 international Alec Dickson Servant Leader Award (with his wife). He was also invited in 2001 to act as the expert consultant on practice to the National Service-Learning Commission led by Senator John Glenn. Toole helped design a number of innovative civil society organizations including PeaceJam™, a peace education program that brings Nobel Peace Prize winners together globally with diverse high school and college youth.