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 more than seven years since our editor in chief landed on Hong Kong soil and instantly fell in love with the city. Now a permanent resident, she is always on the lookout for a great story and her next big adventure, and 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 countries off her bucket list.
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.
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 or two 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.
Sarah Moran, Staff Writer
Born and raised in Hong Kong to expat parents, Sarah grew up as your typical third-culture kid, caught between two worlds. As someone who is nosy (or just curious) and loves the written word, there was never any other career that appealed to her as much as journalism. She joined Localiiz to offer her insights on news, culture, local knowledge, and more. When she’s not busy on her mission to find the line between not enough coffee and too much coffee, you can find her exploring the city or getting stuck in a good book.
Sales and Marketing
Stephanie Lown, Marketing Manager
Having studied Animal Science at university, Stephanie is extremely passionate about animal welfare and conservation. She found herself in marketing after moving to London to pursue a career in Film & TV, and ended up building her own startup to help connect other creative artists in the industry. When she’s not at work, or taking her gorgeous pup Lola out for adventures, she can be found playing basketball at Victoria Park, or on the PlayStation.
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!
Scarlet Ong, Business Development Manager
Scarlet is a Singaporean born in Hong Kong. She loves meeting people from different cultural backgrounds and believes that such differences are the key to creativity and innovation, which is one of the reasons she enjoys working at Localiiz. Her role as business development manager has been challenging but extremely rewarding.
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 has 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 Localiiz team. In addition to Hong Kong, Fenny has worked for multi-national corporations in China, Canada, and Australia.
Ivy Su, Accountant
Ivy brings bags of financial experience in the media representative and publishing industry to Localiiz. As a working mum, when she’s not in the office, she enjoys taking her kids out and shopping online.
Lola, Office Mascot
Originally named Xie, Lola was rescued from the China meat trade and brought to Hong Kong by a kind lady who rescues dogs in Dongguan. When Lola isn’t following anyone with food or enjoying head rubs, she is jumping, climbing gates, or hanging herself out of a car window, enjoying life in the city!
Follow Lola and her predecessor, Tigger, on her adventures @livin_da_vida_lola on Instagram.