Our Team

Nikos Halkitis (President)

Having been described as “far from conventional” and “effective”, Nikos Halkitis knows how to get things done in the world of e-marketing. With over 20 years of experience in entrepreneurship, newspaper publishing, and leadership Nick brings an impressive resume filled with tangible real-world experience.

Among some of Nick’s most noteworthy achievements occurs during his time as the VP of Marketing and Operations at MediciGlobal. During his tenure, he leads the industry in innovative ways to recruit patients for clinical trials. Through a mixture of both standard and creative approaches, Nick has time and again met tight deadlines with success.

Nick’s work as a marketing expert in the medical industry has not been unnoticed. In 2010, he was selected as one of the top 100 most inspirational people by the pharmaceutical magazine PharmaVOICE. This award is given to individuals who others have identified as “the most inspiring, motivating, and outstanding leaders in the life-sciences industry.”
Nick’s previous success and his competitive nature have only driven him to work harder to achieve his goals. He exemplifies the qualities of a great leader and marketer while also bringing out those same qualities in others. If your business is ready to try an “unconventional” and effective approach to marketing or recruitment, Nick Halkitis from Syncoset can help you do just that.

Chris Feamster (Co-Founder)

Chris Feamster was destined to become deeply involved with technology from a young age. His father, Robert Feamster, was one of the earliest black Staff Sergeants to work on the mainframe computers used by the U.S. Air Force in the 1970s. During Chris’s early years, his father worked for the company now known as Glaxo Smith Kline as first a programmer, and then as an IT Manager. His father’s works parked Chris’s burgeoning interest in technology and computing. Attending Philadelphia’s prestigious George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science through 1999‐2003 ignited that sparkinto a roaring flame that still burns brightly today.

He attended Mansfield University, studying Information Systems and Business Administration. Chris is an accomplished entrepreneur, starting his first business, Nexus Systems Inc., just out of high school in 2003. Nexus Systems is still going strong, thirteen years later, with Chris still at the helm asCEO. Chris first met Nick Halkitis through one of Nexus Systems clients, the international bio‐pharma company MediciGlobal, since purchased by BioClinica.

At the time, Nick was in charge of Medici’s marketing efforts. A good working relationship, and eventually a friendship, grew as they worked closely together. Nick approached Chris with the idea of starting an online marketing solution provider. Combining their respective skills and experience, they embarked on a joint venture, and founded Syncoset on November 1st, 2015.

Owen Cole

Owen is the Director of Web Development for Syncoset, Owen brings over 20 years of programming and web development expertise as well as project management and customer service experience to the Syncoset team.

Prior to joining Syncoset, Owen has managed various IT teams with the goal of creating elegant solutions for businesses in the areas of marketing and finance. During the course of his career he has touched upon many aspects of IT and programming, ranging from database administration and analysis to internet marketing and usability testing, giving him a balanced view of how to effectively and advantageously use technology for businesses.

 

Adriana Shum

Adriana Maria Shum was born in Britain and grew up in Germany and South Africa. She has a BA degree in English Literature, Classical Civilisation and Philosophy from the University of Natal, Durban (now the University of Kwa­Zulu Natal) where she graduated in 1981. After spending her twenties working in merchant banking in South Africa, Adriana and her husband, Nicholas, embarked on an extended sea voyage which ultimately brought them to Symi, Greece, where they have been based ever since.

She was initially involved in setting up a computerized tourist information system for Symi, Rhodes, Kos and Crete, and was then recruited by the Symi Visitor newspaper where she wrote on a wide range of subjects until the newspaper closed in 2008. Adriana is an experienced writer who has been blogging Symi since 2000. She has been copywriting and managing Facebook pages for Mediciglobal (A2P) since 2013 and joined the Syncoset team in November 2015.

She also works part time for Symi Visitor Accommodation, promoting tourism to the island. Adriana is a keen cook who grows a lot of her own produce and also enjoys amateur photography,particularly in the context of Symi, the Dodecanese island where she lives. She is also involved with Solidarity Symi, a non­profit organisation set up in 2015 to provide humanitarian assistance to refugees arriving in the border islands.

Alejandra Acuña

 Alejandra Acuña was born and raised in Mexico. She holds a BA in Marketing and a MA in Communication from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. She’s currently a PhD candidate in Humanistic Studies, developing her thesis project.

Alejandra has worked part-time as a research assistant during her studies, participating in projects related to news coverage, advertising and public television. She also works as a freelance translator of general documents. She joined the Syncoset team in December 2015.

James Harrison

 Mr James Harrison holds a BSc Honours degree in Zoology, an MSc in Nature Conservation and an MA in Creative Writing. He worked as a Senior Research Officer in the Animal Demography Unit (ADU), University of Cape Town, for 21 years (1986-2007). His primary achievement in that role was as Coordinator of the first Southern African Bird Atlas Project and as first editor of the resultant publication.

His experience lies primary in biodiversity surveys and conservation assessments. As an environmental consultant he ran his own business for 10 years. He has authored more than 100 papers and reports. He currently works as a part-time lecturer in Education at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, and as an editor for Syncoset.