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Marius Coetzee: Proudly SA innovator

Marius Coetzee was the finalist in the IITPSA's 2016 IT Personality of the Year Award.

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Marius Coetzee:  I love innovating. My expertise has been shaped through biometrics identity innovation and strategic partnerships in new business development.
Marius Coetzee: I love innovating. My expertise has been shaped through biometrics identity innovation and strategic partnerships in new business development.

"I always considered myself an entrepreneur," says Coetzee, who studied towards an electronic engineering degree.

Once he completed his studies in 1986, which he did thanks to a bursary through Telkom, he did a short stint at Telkom, which, he says, is one of the best universities in SA as you learn a lot: "At Telkom, I was responsible for the introduction of ISDN in SA."

In 2002, he decided to embark on his true entrepreneurial career, which he describes as a 'rough start'. "But we focused on something that is still my focus today, identity." Identity has always been his passion, and he loves innovating in the field of biometric solutions and identity profiling.

In 2007, Coetzee joined Ideco and later concluded the management buyout to focus on providing trusted identity solutions. He heads up the development of a Proudly SA solution, the world's first mobile biometrics console.

Read about the other IT Personality finalists

BRANDON BEKKER
CAREL DU TOIT
EDWARD LAWRENCE
ELIZABETH GOULD
LEE NAIK
LUVUYO RANI
SBU SHABALALA
ZOAIB HOOSEN
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