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Dion Jerling Co-Founder at Connect Earth


Following a career that started in the UK construction sector in the mid 80’s Dion entered the technology and media sectors in the mid 90’s – the heyday of the dotcom boom. Multiple tech management roles in software testing, web development, online media buying and ad-trafficking led to the founding of a cross media trading platform start-up before Dion founded “Connect Africa” in 2004. Having been instrumental in extending GSM coverage to rural communities across the Continent, Dion’s passion for media, technology and Africa has resulted in twenty-five years’ experience that have culminated in the co-founding of “Connect Earth”, an enterprise that brings the Internet to underserved communities across Africa. With a remit to provide safe, secure and high-speed public access to the Internet, Connect Earth sets out to provide a billion young Africans with sustainable access to the learning and information content they will need to turn Africa into the centre for global growth by 2050.  

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