At SYNAQ, the core and heart of our existence is to inspire our clients to see what is possible when the world of business and technology are more open.
We look for opportunities to innovate and develop world class services that are unique to the South African marketplace.
Meet the SYNAQ Management Team:
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.
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.
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.
Stephanie Do Canto e Castro
Stephanie has worked in the IT industry for many years, with experience in the fields of operations, product management, vendor management and marketing. Through a combination of her cumulative technical and business experience, she is responsible for SYNAQ’s overall operational efficacy. Passionate about the User Experience (UX) movement, Stephanie holds Degrees in Communications and Management and her honours degree in Communications through Monash University.
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.
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.
Jared van Ast
A cybersecurity specialist with more than 16 years of experience in the ICT industry, he started his career at Quantica in 2008 as a service management consultant where he implemented best-practice methodologies and frameworks such as ITIL and ISO/IEC20K at various client sites. He then worked for Internet solutions, where he began as a service delivery manager and rose the ranks to an operations manager for cloud services. He also founded a Cloud Security company in 2016.