Alicia Wieser (Allie) has combined years of professional work, community service and motherhood since graduating from Princeton University with a B. A. in Classics and certificate in Finance. Previously, she worked in investment research at Bear Stearns and J. P. Morgan in New York City and Tokyo. In Tokyo, she joined Tokyo Helps as Co-Head of Events. After moving to Hong Kong in 2010, she co-founded Hong Kong Helps. Allie started the Bump Club for Little Steps Asia in Hong Kong, an online parenting directory. She resides with her college sweetheart and husband Teddy, son Cooper Elliott (born Feb 29, 2012), and daughter Adriana Bonilla (born March 29, 2014) in Hong Kong.
Samar Shaheryar grew up learning to switch accents, living in 6 countries and 4 continents by the age of 9 when her family settled in the Northeastern US. After studying International Relations at Tufts University in Boston, Samar was an investment banker at JPMorgan for 10 years in New York City before moving to Asia. Concurrent to her job, she co-founded and ran YOUR DIL, the youth arm of the charity Developments in Literacy, which educates girls in Pakistan. In Japan and Hong Kong she co-founded Tokyo Helps and Hong Kong Helps, fundraising organizations dedicated to raising money for emergency disaster relief. Despite having settled on a neutral New York twang, she is of Pakistani descent, a distinction which provides inspiration for her every day, fueling her desire to work on social issues, especially those that impact the most marginalized segments of society, women and children.
Samar lives in Hong Kong with her handsome Irish husband and their spirited, darling daughters, Anaia and Isha.
Aquin Dennison oversees Marketing and Communications for Baby Hero and is responsible for social media strategy, brand development and public relations. After completing a Masters in International Business, Aquin went on to work with publicly listed companies in India and New York. Her 9 years experience spanned the full scope of Marketing on both the client and agency side including branding, campaign development, media strategy and investor relations. In 2009, Aquin took a sabbatical and traveled with her husband and 18-month old son, to chronicle an overland journey by train covering 20 countries in 200 days. She met Samar and Allie through common friends, and right from Baby Hero’s inception was passionately drawn to the real impact it could make to mothers and children.
Aquin is a travel writer and an avid cyclist. She co-founded Women Entrepreneurs of Hong Kong to bring together the city’s entrepreneurial community. Originally from Kerala, India, she lives in Hong Kong with her map obsessed husband and 2 young explorers in the making.
Joyce Lau is inspired by the story of Baby Hero and excited to join the team as the Creative Director. She brings over 13 years of design experience in branding, environmental graphics, and beauty packaging design. Her career began after graduating from Pratt Institute with a Master degree in Communications Design and working in New York. She has worked on top tier accounts including Johnson & Johnson, Kérastase, Shu Uemura Art of Hair, Wells Fargo, and Wallgreens. Joyce has lived in Toronto, New York, Singapore and is finally home in Hong Kong with her husband and two beautiful children, Oliver and Tabitha. Each city has brought her new experiences and inspirations which shapes both her daily life and her career.
Dr. Shaun Morris is a clinician-scientist in the Division of Infectious Diseases at The Hospital for Sick Children and an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and the School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. He completed his medical school training at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, his pediatric residency and his infectious disease fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children and The University of Toronto. He has an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland and a diploma in tropical and travel medicine from the Gorgas Memorial Institute of Tropical and Preventative Medicine in Peru. Dr. Morris has extensive clinical experience in low income countries including Tanzania, Guyana, Gambia, and Cambodia and has conducted research in Pakistan, Kenya, and India. His main research interests are documenting the causes of newborn and childhood mortality in low income countries and developing cost effective interventions to reduce these deaths. Other research interests include the epidemiology of globally important infectious diseases such as malaria, typhoid, and tuberculosis in Canadian children.
Dr. Morris lives in Toronto and in his (limited!) spare time he can be found exploring remote jungles, deserts, reefs, and ruined ancient cities all over the world, working towards his goal of the world’s top 100 restaurants, and commiserating with fellow Toronto baseball and hockey fans.
Samar and Allie would like to thank the many people who contributed time, effort and advice as we launched Baby Hero. Especially grateful to Unum Muneer, Jessica Montgomery Bennett, Maria Z, Laura Lisowski Cox, Helena Hung, Georgiann Riegle, and Miranda Bagley.