The Green Queen Team
Sonalie Figueiras, Asia’s Green Queen – Founder & Editor-in-Chief
Serial social entrepreneur Sonalie Figueiras is the founder & editor-in-chief of Green Queen, an award-winning impact media platform advocating for social & environmental change in Hong Kong with a mission to shift consumer behaviour through inspiring & empowering original content. She is also the founder & CEO of Ekowarehouse, the global sourcing platform for certified organic products, with a mission to make safe, quality food accessible & affordable for the whole planet. With over a decade of experience in publishing, digital marketing, organic trade and health & sustainability, she is an eco wellness industry veteran with a keen eye for market trends and a sought-after international speaker and moderator, sharing her expertise on stages across Asia and beyond, including TEDx and Harvard Business School.
Sally Ho, Lead Reporter
Jenn Marson, Reporter
Jenn Marston is a writer and editor covering technology’s impact on food and agriculture systems and their surrounding communities. Prior to Green Queen, she was Senior Editor for food tech publication The Spoon and, before that, Managing Editor for Gigaom Research. She is devoted to helping educate and raise awareness about sustainable businesses, healthier and waste-free lifestyles, and other ways we can collectively build a better food system. She lives in Tennessee and has an enormous vegetable garden.
Alessandra Franco, Head Of Strategic Partnerships & Growth
Alessandra Franco discovered her love for building relationships and partnerships after leaving the entertainment industry to produce events in the nonprofit sector. While managing a wide range of events, including PETA’s35th Anniversary Party featuring a star-studded awards show and a concert by Sir Paul McCartney and his Band, Alessandra realized that building strong partnerships is the “secret ingredient” to making an event truly successful. She got to dig deeper into relationship and partnership management with her first job in the health care industry, where she built and launched a Corporate Partnership Program from the ground up. Born and raised in Brazil, Alessandra began her career in marketing, attended film school, and worked in international publicity. In her personal life, Alessandra is happiest when outdoors and is committed to a vegan lifestyle, sustainability, the environment, animal rights, and social responsibility. She’s also a sci-fi nerd, a foodie, and the proud mama of two Brazilian kitties Bobo and Minnie.
Nicola Spalding, Alt Protein Weekly & Alt Fashion Monthly Newsletter Editor
Nicola Spalding is a trends analyst and content writer based in the UK. She has over ten years’ experience in UK and international retail, including a stint as a trend and innovation specialist for Morrisons supermarkets. A born foodie who loves words, it made sense for her to start writing about all the exciting innovation in the foodtech space.