The Green Queen Team

Sonalie Figueiras Green Queen

Sonalie Figueiras, Hong Kong’s Green Queen & Editor-in-Chief

Serial social entrepreneur Sonalie Figueiras is the founder & editor-in-chief of Green Queenan 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

Sally Ho, Lead Reporter

Sally Ho is Green Queen’s resident writer and reporter. She studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science majoring in Politics and International Relations. A long-time vegan, she is passionate about environmental and social issues, and hopes to promote healthy and sustainable lifestyle choices in Hong Kong and Asia.

Ana Perez, Sales & Partnerships, Community Manager

Ana Perez started her career as a Tour Guide in her native Spain, before moving to Email Marketing and Project Management, during which time she also taught herself to code. After a few years of various media positions in Finland, Austria and Hong Kong, honing her skills in Social Media Analytics, Visual Content Creation and Event Planning, she found her way to the sustainability job of her dreams: helping to grow Green Queen’s reach and impact through strategic brand collaborations. In her free time, she loves hiking, volunteering (find her on the operations team at TEDxTinHauWomen) and living that zero waste life. She is also an avid iPhone camera user, spending hours ‘gramming, filming & styling, especially on her many travels across Asia.

Aigul Safiullina, Events Manager & Head of Green Queen BIZ

Aigul Safiullina is a multilingual community builder, trail runner, and conscious Breathwork instructor hailing from the Ural mountains in Russia. Having previously reported on climate change and environmental issues for the media outlets in South America, she decided to make a bigger change when she moved to Hong Kong. Combining her storytelling and leadership skills, Aigul has co-founded two startups focused on zero waste lifestyle and mindfulness, organized a number of events – from small meetups to big-scale conferences, including StartmeupHK Festival with Invest HK and multiple sustainability-themed Startup Weekends with Techstars. She is also a certified climate reality leader trained by Al Gore and a a certified breathwork coach, graduated from International Centre of Conscious Breathing Studying and Practicing, part of Global Professional Breathwork Alliance (GBPA) at Respira Breathwork.

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 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.

Vikas Kumar, Lead Developer

Vikas Kumar has been a full stack PHP developer for the past seven years, his main areas of expertise are developing PHP and MySQL based products for CakePHP and WordPress frameworks. Vikas also has extensive experience with HTML/CSS, jQuery, JavaScript, Ajax and Apache. Vikas has been a part of the team since 2015 and ensures that the Green Queen website operates smoothly. He has a BS (Computer Science) from NIIT University, India (2009) and blogs about programming at The Code Developer. In his spare time, Vikas runs a Student Welfare & Development program in his native village of Ransura, Uttar Pradesh.