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Dion Jerling

Co-Founder, Connect Earth

Educated in South Africa, Dion started his career in the UK and entered the technology and media space during the nascent 'dot-com boom' era of the mid-1990s. This transformational period, together with Dion’s passion for media, technology and Africa, led him to found Connect Africa in 2004. Connect Africa is a socially driven enterprise,  instrumental in extending GSM (mobile phone) coverage to rural communities in Zambia and South Africa.

Now, with twenty five years of experience in digital technology, 15 of those in connecting the  underserved, Dion is a co-founder of Connect Earth, a development driven enterprise that uses connectivity for economic, social and educational change. "Our purpose is to help fund and advise on sustainable, safe and secure connectivity networks everywhere. My goal is to use these networks to provide half a billion young Africans with access to vital online learning tools by 2050”.