Our Team

Meet the SYNAQ Management Team:

Sereshan Gopaul
Chief Executive Officer - Biohacker, Entrepreneur and Dynamic Leader

David Jacobson

In 2004, he co-founded SYNAQ with a dream of bringing cloud computing communication services to the world using Linux and Open Source technology. In 2010, SYNAQ was ranked by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 20 Tech companies in Africa and one year later Dimension Data acquired a majority stake in SYNAQ. David is a thought-leader in his industry and is a member of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), an exclusive global network of high-impact entrepreneurs and mentors aspiring founders at organizations like the Branson Centre, Startup Bootcamp and EO Accelerator.

Sereshan Gopaul
Technical Director - SYNAQ Data Nerd

Sam Gelbart

Sam has worked at SYNAQ for 11 years and is responsible for the development and evolution of SYNAQ's internal products, as well as the management of SYNAQ's cloud platforms. He is a passionate technologist, who has a bit of a thing for "big data". He runs SYNAQ's multi-terabyte Elasticsearch data cluster and can often be found deep in the numbers, analysing data for customers and the business. Sam is also a shareholder in SYNAQ and was one of its initial angel investors. Sam holds a B.Com Degree, with majors in Economics and Industrial Psychology.

Sereshan Gopaul
Finance and HR Manager - Commercial Ninja and People Guru

Liza Claassen

Liza has worked at SYNAQ for 12 years and manages the Finance and HR function. With 26 years of experience in the finance field, she has held various positions in finance and finance-related roles. Passionate about numbers and working with people, she completed her degree in Accounting Sciences at FMISA.

Sereshan Gopaul
Chief Technology Officer – Leadership Catalyst

Thirusha Chetty

Thirusha is an IT Executive with a global portfolio of experience in digital strategies, leadership, technology and is an industry public speaker. She is passionate about people development, enabling business growth and transformational change within innovation fields. Having a deep understanding across all components of the IT field and other industries, her role is to ensure that SYNAQ has the right capabilities to deliver on the enterprise-wide strategies by collaborating, planning and enabling execution. 

Sereshan Gopaul
Head of Sales – Game Changer and Money Maker

Nicholas Dooling

An experienced businessman, he is passionate about new and exciting ways to achieve results, build brands and grow businesses. His 20 years' experience as a Sales professional across diverse industries gives him a unique edge in the quest for new opportunities Serious about the power of innovation, the impact of effective disruption and technologies – he loves selling in all industries, from start-up’s to listed entities.