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Dion Jerling
Co-Founder at Connecting 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 25 years of experience in digital technology, 15 of those in connecting the underserved, Dion is also a co-founder of Connect Earth, a development driven enterprise that uses connectivity for socio-economic and educational change.

“Our purpose is to help advise on, fund and implement sustainable, safe and secure access to the internet for un/underserved communities everywhere. My goal is to use these networks to provide half a billion young Africans with access to vital online learning tools by 2050”.

Agenda Sessions

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks

  • Skills development for the job market of the future

  • Chair's Closing Remarks

  • Chair's Opening Remarks