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The Team

Meet the Sassy Mama Team

The Sassy Mama team scours, sweats and drags strollers through the city and braves the queues on MTR, just to bring you the latest news on what’s hot (literally!) in the world of parenting in Hong Kong…

Click on a team member to get to know them
Co-Founder
Maura Thompson

Maura is co-founder of Sassy Media Group and has called Hong Kong home since 2008. She moved here with her husband 2 days after their wedding (in the US) with the intent of staying 2-3 years. After falling in love with Hong Kong as a newly married couple they decided to stay and move on to the parenting phase of their life. They are parents to their creative daughter (born in 2013) and their sporty son (born in 2016). Maura has been trying to achieve the perfect Pilates Teaser since 2017 and is so very happy to live in a place that has beach, hiking and city life so accessible to her family.

CEO
Emilie de Cannart

Emilie is the CEO of Sassy Media Group. She is originally from Belgium but has spent the last twenty years in Asia. After finishing her MA in Chinese Studies in London, she left for Beijing to pursue her studies of Mandarin, got her first job in Hong Kong, lived in Tokyo for a year before heading back to Hong Kong and in 2011 moved to Singapore with her family. She is the proud mother of two (Josephine and Adrian). In between work, meetings and school pickups she dreams of exotic holidays and grasses matinees…

Managing Director
Elle Noble

Elle is originally from the UK and landed in Hong Kong at the end of a year-long trip around the world. With a background in fashion styling and a love for fashion, travel and music, you’ll often find her dragging friends around vintage boutiques (adding to her never ending wardrobe), or getting crafty in Sham Shui Po, customising outfits for festivals and themed junk boat parties (she’s a pro with a glue gun!).

Senior Editor
Anita Balagopalan

Anita was born and raised in India, where she planned to become a vet, a zookeeper and a conservationist. Later, she ended up becoming a television producer with CNBC India, while keeping her childhood dreams alive by rescuing and adopting all manner of street dogs, cats, squirrels and injured birds. She moved to Hong Kong in 2011, where she lives with her menagerie which includes her husband, her two kids and a dog.

Editor
Najuka Redkar

Born around beaches and palm trees in Goa, India, Najuka spent some time in Shanghai before calling Hong Kong her home. An economics degree and a few years of public relations industry work later she’s finally pursuing her true passion in writing. When she’s not eating, binge-watching shows or exploring the city, you’ll find her admiring Taylor Swift’s lyricism.

Editor
Fashila Kanakka

Raised in the 852, Fashila’s always down to explore a new neighbourhood and uncover the road less travelled (with a camera in hand). When she’s not writing, you can find her leaving the Flower Market with handfuls of plants, obsessing over true-crime or café-hopping to find the perfect mocha.

Head of Partnerships, Sassy Mama
Mansha Channa

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Mansha worked in Banking and Finance before finding her way to Sassy Mama. Having lived all over the world, she definitely caught the travel bug and is constantly attempting to cross cities off her bucket list. A true foodie at heart, you will always find her at the newest spots in town, she loves a good workout and spending quality time with her husband and two young sons.

Partnerships Support Executive
Kiran Naz

Born and raised in the city, Kiran is the third generation HongKonger (who can read, write, and speak the language). From exploring new cafes to new gym studios, Kiran is always on the lookout for trying new things! When she is not punching bags in the gym, you will mostly find her binge-watching crime docuseries (with a candlelit up, vibes)! Kiran focuses on partnerships across all categories on Sassy.

Designer
Joy Lee
Born in Hong Kong and cultured in the US, Joy is a multidisciplinary creative who adores all things vintage—music, fashion, and design. When she’s not learning the history of a Cantonese dish, you might find her hand-sewing her next garment, baking bread from every continent, or combing through mid-century modern inspiration. Joy focuses on bringing Sassy’s visual elements to life, from design to photography.
Office Manager
Elly Liu

Elly was born and raised in China, and she’s a huge fan of pandas. She can spend an entire day watching videos of pandas eating bamboo. She moved to Hong Kong in 2013 and enjoys eating dim sum and taking in the gorgeous harbour views.

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