Haroon Meer

Founder, Thinkst

Haroon Meer, armed with a BCom degree in information
systems from the university of Natal and an honours in
computer science from unisa, is currently busy with his master's in
computer science at Rhodes university.
But don't think of Meer as some sort of serial student � he's
busy working in one of the globe's most skilled IT fi elds: the niche
world of internet security.
Meer left Durban in 2001 to join "fi ve guys in Pretoria� with
an internet security company (SensePost) that "started off
in a bedroom� . There, his main focus was on research and
development. But he got out quite a bit.
"I got to speak at Oxford university and at lots of conferences,
in the united States, Austria and Malaysia,� he says. "We also gave
training in places like Australia and in uS government departments.�
But this year Meer broke out on his own. With Thinkst, his aim
is to have "people who have tough problems give them to people
who like to solve them by using applied research� and to "take
some of academia's research tools and solutions and come up
with real world solutions�. � Vuvu Vena

Lunch spot: Spur, Rosebank, Johannesburg