Leadership Special: Fio Omenetto and Bright Simons

May 18, 2021

Two prize winners and friends, Fio Omenetto and Bright Simons, discuss how great leaders can change everything.

Fiorenzo G. Omenetto is the Frank C. Doble Professor of Engineering, and a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University. He
also holds appointments in the Department of Physics and the Department of Electrical Engineering.

His research interests are at the interface of technology, biologically inspired materials and the natural sciences with an emphasis on new transformative approaches for sustainable materials for high-technology applications. He also serves as Dean for Research for the School of Engineering.

He has proposed and pioneered the use of silk as a material platform for advanced technology with uses in photonics, optoelectronics and nanotechnology applications, is co-inventor on several disclosures (~100) on the subject, and is actively investigating applications of this technology base both for technical and design applications. He is a co-founder of three startups and has active roles in their governance.

Bright Simons, is the President of mPedigree [link to:www.mpedigree.com], 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. 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. He is a WEF YGL, TED Fellow, Aspen Braddock Fellow, and the 2016 CNBC African Innovative Business Leader of the Year. In 2016, Fortune magazine named him on their 50 World Greatest Leaders list.

Bright Simons is part of the 2017 class of Tällberg Global Leaders and winner of the Eliasson Global Leadership Prize of the Tällberg Foundation.

Today’s world is short of a lot of things—sustainable environment, peace, prosperity, equality—but what we lack most is innovative, global, values-based leadership. If we can find and nurture that kind of leadership, the rest will follow.

Listen as two Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership prize winners and friends, scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur Fio Omenetto, and social innovator and entrepreneur Bright Simons, discuss how great leaders can change everything.

What can you do? Take Fio and Bright’s call to action seriously and, then, nominate someone who deserves to win the leadership prize this year. Nominate your candidate here: https://tallberg-snf-eliasson-prize.org/nominate/



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