About Us

Founded in 2008, Little Steps Asia is a regional digital company focused on educating, inspiring and connecting families in Asia. Active in 6 local cities (HK, SG, JKT, KL, MO), we focus our content efforts on what parents want and need surrounding the lifestyle of parenting and deliver content according to those needs via our website (#1 for families in Asia), video, Facebook Live, social media, events, email newsletters, and special projects. The dedicated team across Asia scouts, tastes and shops to find the hippest and happening products and places to keep parents in the know and on the go.

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Shea Stanley - Founder Of Little Steps Asia

Shea Stanley

Founder & Chief Executive Insider

Originally from Texas, Shea’s travel and lifestyle media career has taken her around the globe to over 50 countries where she has worked on a variety of TV, print, and digital projects.  When she was pregnant with her first child, Shea longed for a resource offering fun finds and insider tips for parents in Asia.  In 2008, she founded Little Steps Asia!  Mom of 2 active kids, Shea enjoys hiking, yoga, travel, photography, and of course – exploring the city with her clan!  

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  • Favorite Shoes?
    • Summer sandals
  • What’s in Your Sippy Cup?
    • A frozen margarita or a large coffee 🙂
  • Best advice from your Mom or Dad?
    • Surround yourself with good and honest people
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Melanie Barnish

Regional Digital Marketing Guru

Melanie is an Australian mother of three and has been living in Hong Kong since 2007.  She is now living on Lantau Island and loved to spend time on the island’s beaches or hiking trails.  Melanie co-founded Genie Juicery in 2011 and now leads marketing at Little Steps Asia!

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  • Favorite Shoes?
    • Nike fly knits!
  • What’s in Your Sippy Cup?
    • Tea
  • Best advice from your Mom or Dad?
    • Never give up!

Stephanie Koh

Editor - Singapore & Kuala Lumpur

A former educator and still very much one at heart, Stephanie left her career to spend time with her kids and knows a thing or two about nurturing young minds. She loves globetrotting and exploring kid-friendly destinations with her family. This mom of two has an immense passion for the outdoors and sourcing out fun-family activities as well as kid-friendly products. Helming the editorials for both Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Little Steps is just perfect for this adventurous mama.

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  • Favorite Shoes?
    • Havaianas!
  • What’s in Your Sippy Cup?
    • Double Shot Oatmilk Latte, the stronger the better. Ever so often, some bubbles would be nice.
  • Best advice from your Mom or Dad?
    • Always be thankful and grateful for what you have.

Marya Saidi

Editor - Hong Kong & Macau

Originally from Lebanon, Marya grew up in London for most of her life and moved to Hong kong (very reluctantly at first)! with her husband in 2014; now it’s home! A researcher with expertise in mental health, she has worked with several NGOs around the city before becoming the Editor for Little Steps Asia! She loves to write and stay in the know so you will often find her at the latest restaurant opening or event. Otherwise, she will be building sandcastles with her son on Repulse Bay Beach (and tanning of course!) or strength training at her favorite gym!

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  • Favorite Shoes?
    • Nike Metcons by day and heels by night.
  • What’s in Your Sippy Cup?
    • Depending on the time of day – green tea or gin & soda!
  • Best advice from your Mom or Dad?
    • Before you judge someone, walk a mile in their shoes; wear sunscreen and don’t pluck your eyebrows!

Mansi Shah

Regional Production Manager

Mansi is a mother of 2, and although originally from India, she has spent the majority of her life in Hong Kong.  After 5 year stints in both Human Resources and Event Management, she took a career break to spend time with her two kids, where she discovered her love for calligraphy.  She now simultaneously runs her calligraphy and hand engraving business, whilst managing the Production at Little Steps Asia.  When she is not doing either of those, you can find her exploring Hong Kong with the fam or hanging out at the beach.

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  • Favorite Shoes?
    • As long as they are flats – she is happy!
  • What’s in Your Sippy Cup?
    • Coffee with almond milk.
  • Best advice from your Mom or Dad?
    • Have a little faith – about yourself and that things will work out!

Natasha Pinna-Griffith

Head Of Partnerships + Education - Singapore

Natasha is always on the GO! Whether it’s hiking the peak, cooking up a gourmet meal for friends or spending the day with her family 3 kids at Disney, life is always active! She is also an avid foodie who loves to try a new restaurant, bakery, or coffee house and often shares her indulgences with the Little Steps team!  Natasha has worked in sales and business development for 14 years across a multitude of industries including finance, fashion, and cosmetics.  She was born in UK and after living in Hong Kong for 9 years, she is now starting a new adventure in Singapore where she will continue to be a part of the fabulous Little Steps Sales Team and further build the business out there. 

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  • Favorite Shoes?
    • Heels for dancing the night away and date nights, Onitsuka tigers for daytime!  
  • What’s in Your Sippy Cup?
    • Iced Americano to wake her up…Espresso Martinis to keep her going 
  • Best advice from your Mom or Dad?
    • You never know how someone is really feeling inside- always smile and be a good friend. Also life is too short, eat that chocolate cake! 

Shyam Padmasola

Head Of Partnerships + Education - Hong Kong

Shyamala is a regular mum of two adult kids, who enjoys writing, reading, travelling and coffee, in no particular order. She’s a long-term Hong Kong resident, who loves the nooks and corners of this beautiful city, and is always open to experiences be it doing a fun graffiti workshop  on the rooftop of an old building to a delicious afternoon tea enjoying the HK skyline. 

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  • Favorite Shoes?
    • Barefoot..or anything comfortable!
  • What’s in Your Sippy Cup?
    • Coffee (but rarely says no to a nice Margarita, G&T, Pinot Noir or Vodka Soda)
  • Best advice from your Mom or Dad?
    • Before you buy anything, always answer two questions- Do you need it and can you afford it?

Stephanie Huxley

Business Development Guru
Travel + Bump Club + Lifestyle

Stephanie is an Aussie expat mother of one. She loves exploring the city with her family. Living on Hong Kong Island there’s boundless opportunities for fun and she always has a long list of must see & do’s in the city. Always up for a new adventure. You’ll find her trying out new wine bars & restaurants, playing netball, hiking in the hills of Hong Kong or booking her next holiday around Asia.

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  • Favorite Shoes?
    • Trainers – I am always running around the city!
  • What’s in Your Sippy Cup?
    • Water – a lot of it!  Champagne – a lot of it too! 
  • Best advice from your Mom or Dad?
    • Take every opportunity and life, be kind, and have fun.
Shazeen Tyebally

Shazeen Tyebally

Business Development Guru
Singapore + Kuala Lumpur

Shazeen is a mother of two very active boys.  Born and raised in Singapore to a mix parentage; Dad’s Indian and Moms’s Chinese, she often gets mistaken for a foreigner.  Started her career as a hopeful chef eons ago but decided to make a  career switch to media publishing, curated fair event management, and has been loving it for the past 15 years.  She oversees Singapore business development.

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  • Favorite Shoes?
    • Converse – it’s comfortable!
  • What’s in Your Sippy Cup?
    • Latte with almond milk.
  • Best advice from your Mom or Dad?
    • Always believe in yourself and be better not bitter!

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