Dean Polley

Founder and CEO

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Dean Polley has a 30 year career in Information Technology, having worked for computer giants Compaq Computers, Hewlett Packard and Juniper Networks. He spent 10 years of his IT career in the Middle East, mostly the United Arab Emirates and 2 years in Saudi Arabia.


He founded Aerial Vision Africa in 2015 and based the company’s business model on the IT systems integration model he became accustomed to, ie selling solutions. The company focuses on providing drone based solutions, with a portfolio of Sensors, Aircraft and Software, all backed up by professional services.


With the company’s headquarters in Pretoria, South Africa, Dean’s vision is to take drone technology and solutions into the greater African region.


He has provided drone solutions in Botswana to manage human elephant conflict, drone sales and drone flight training in Tanzania to the Tanzanian national parks and wildlife authorities, and has worked on a number of aerial filming projects in Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia.


Dean is the holder of a Remote Pilots License issued by the South African Civil Aviation Authority, with ratings on both Multi-rotor and Fixed-Wing drones.


Dean is a past President of the Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Association of Southern Africa (CUAASA) and still serves as an Executive Committee Member He is also currently a member of the Board of Directors of CAASA (Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa. He also served on the International RPAS Coordination Council for UVS International.


Dean has travelled Africa extensively, both on business and in his private capacity as a passionate wildlife photographer.