What is Localiiz?
Since its launch in 2012, Localiiz has fast become one of Hong Kong’s leading lifestyle websites for insight and information on our vibrant city. Through our multimedia platforms, we provide a comprehensive resource to help readers make the most out of living in Hong Kong.
We report on key Hong Kong happenings and undiscovered stories, write local lifestyle guides, opinion pieces, quirky news articles, and more. Localiiz also provides an ever expanding directory to help our readers navigate the city. Why the strange spelling? Well, Localiiz is designed to be your ‘local eyes’ – and for that you need two i’s.
In 2018, we joined the Nexus Media family to continue our growth and expansion in Hong Kong. Formally Angloinfo Asia, Nexus Digital also owns and publishes My Life in Hong Kong, My Life in Bangkok, and My Life in Asia. We will continue to bring you the fabulous content you know and love, so stay tuned and watch this space …
Sophie Pettit, Editor in Chief
It’s been seven years since our editor in chief landed on Hong Kong soil and instantly fell in love with the city. Always on the lookout for a great story and her next big adventure, she loves nothing more than discovering the city’s hidden gems – and most delicious cocktails. When she’s not spinning articles and exploring new places, she’s off travelling around Southeast Asia and ticking things off her bucket list. Her life motto: Squeeze the juice out of life … it will make one wicked cocktail!
Amanda Sheppard, Senior Editor
Following a brief and bitterly cold stint in Scotland, Amanda returned to Hong Kong – a place she’s called home for over 18 years – to begin her career as a writer. She can often be found getting lost somewhere very familiar, planning her next holiday, and enjoying a cup (or three) of good, strong coffee. Her life motto: If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.
Jenny Leung, Editor
Born in Hong Kong and raised in the UK, Jenny grew up with the best of both worlds. She loves just about anything to do with music, and doesn’t shy away from belting out a tune when it comes to karaoke. If she’s not out and about exploring the city and practicing her photography skills, she’s probably tucked up in bed with a book or glued to her laptop doing her online shopping. Her life motto: Be yourself and embrace your quirks, being weird is a wonderful thing!
Jai Jai, Office Motivator and Mascot
Our very dignified 11-year-old dachshund, Jai Jai, is an essential part of the Localiiz team. He never misses a meeting, and loves carrots. He cheers up the office with regular visits to each desk – partly to check if you have treats for him. His antics can be found on instagram under @localjaiiz and he would very much appreciate a follow.
Sales and Marketing
Sharifa Carreon, Head of Commercial and Advertising
Our sales superstar is in charge of all commercial deals and advertising for Localiiz but her talents stretch way beyond the sale floor. Sharifa is also a talented singer and chef, whipping up some tasty treats in the kitchen and smooth sounds on stage.
Stephanie Lown, Marketing Manager
Having studied Animal Science at university, and later travelling to London to pursue a career in film and TV, Stephanie has a varied background. When not playing basketball, or cornering little Jai Jai for a cuddle (or any dog for that matter) Stephanie has been known to work on her start-up, play around on social media or volunteer at an animal shelter.
Agnes Lei, Business Development Manager
Agnes graduated as an English major before spending a year working for a well-known airline to explore the world. She joined Localiiz to contribute her local insight of Hong Kong, the city where she was born and raised. In her downtime, she enjoys both chilling out in her room reading books and taking adventures in the wild – two very extreme options!
Tak Man, Managing Director
Our charming, charismatic leader has a long history in advertising sales and has led teams in London, New York and here in Hong Kong.
Barrie Goodridge, Director
Barrie is originally from the UK and his lived in Hong Kong and Asia since 1982. He has held senior positions in the media industry in Asia throughout his career working with and managing some of the world’s biggest media brands. He knows the Asian media industry inside out and, alongside his other business interests, brings his expertise to Localiiz on a daily basis.
Fenny Chau, Chief Finance Officer
Fenny is a senior finance professional and brings a wealth of professional experience to the Nexus team. In addition to Hong Kong, Fenny has worked for multi-national corporations in China, Canada and Australia.
Mat Gallagher, Director of Content
Mat has lived in Asia for the last six years and has managed editorial teams for titles including Time Out Beijing, Time Out Hong Kong and Angloinfo Asia. With over 14 years in the industry he now brings his knowledge to the Localiiz team.