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Sunday Folayan

Mr. Sunday Folayan is CEO of General Data Engineering Services (GDES), a Nigerian company he co-founded, which builds functional and affordable networks (SKANNET) under Sunday's direction.

He was one of the first people to establish Internet connectivity in Nigeria. Since that first connection was established, Mr. Folayan has turned his attention to bringing the Internet to most of the technology deprived regions of Africa through several African regional network operators organizations including AfriNIC, AfNOG, and AFTLDM, building a community of IP technical resources for Africa's socio-economic development.

He currently serves as Secretary of the Internet Service Providers Association of Nigeria, an association leading the greatest growth in Internet connectivity anywhere in Africa, and is a promoter of the Ibadan Internet Exchange point (IBIX), the first exchange point in Nigeria. He is a long-time member of the Nigeria Internet Group (NIG).

Mr. Folayan is very vocal on issues related to sustainable business development, appropriate technology for developing countries, technological transfer and self help, as a catalyst for technological development in the third world.

He is a member of the Board of Nigeria Junior Chamber (NJC), a Leadership Development and Training organization for young entrepreneurs below the age of 40, which is an affiliate of Junior Chamber International (JCI).

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