Happy Ali is a global online newspaper, written by internationally renowned journalists with an eye towards presenting positive news. We cannot change the news but we can change our readers’ and our subscribers’ daily outlooks to a degree. Our Charter and company seek engagement and inclusion globally with steady growth over a three year period from launch.

Happy Ali is dedicated to quality, independent news reporting with a positive aspect,
and publishing global events in a wide range of topics, including society as a whole, wellness, science, environment, lifestyle, food and travel. 

Our goal is to build a better tomorrow for a community that has been downtrodden
by a daily serving of poorly presented, sensationalised news and rumours to such
an extent it is almost hard sometimes to believe what is reliable news

meet our team

ARTHUR KOEMAN

Founder and CEO

Arthur founded Happy Ali with the belief that it is the right time to share positive news with the world. He has over 40 years experience in trading companies in the Far East, and sprinkles his genie dust to make things happen!
Happiest when…
I can share the joy and  passion of Happy Ali with our many followers!

ROBYN FOYSTER

Editor-in-Chief

Award-winning editor and former Editor-in-Chief of The Australian Women’s Weekly, Robyn became Group Publisher at Bauer Media, responsible for the Hearst Magazine Group’s titles including Harper’s BAZAAR. Publisher of WomenLoveTech.com and TheCarousel.com
Happiest when…
kayaking and watching the sunrise!

SOONI SHROFF-GANDER

Editor-in-Chief

An award-winning publisher, writer, and content strategist with international print and digital companies including The Financial Times, The Condé Nast Group, Art Basel, and Edipresse, Sooni is also Co-Founder of the Sassy Media Group.
Happiest when…
dancing the night away!

our team

MICHAEL SHEATHER

News Editor

With over 40 years on some of the most successful magazines in Australia, including 22 years as Associate Editor at The Australian Women’s Weekly, Michael has won multiple awards including Journalist of the Year, Writer of the Year, and Story of the Year, among others.
Happiest when…
astride my motorcycle. I’ve had the big steel bike bug since I was about 12!

Peter Shadbolt

Feature Writer

A 30-year veteran of print journalism, Peter was formerly with CNN in London and Hong Kong, the Financial Times in Hong Kong, and United Press International in Rome.
Happiest when…
eating a perfectly cooked spaghetti carbonara!

TREVOR HUGHES

Feature Writer

Published author of five novels and multiple short story award winner, Trevor has many years of publication experience in newspapers and trade journals.
Happiest when…
I am heading for the airport bound for a new destination!

Lyndey milan

Food Editor

An award-winning multimedia presenter, author and TV chef, Lyndey is bringing her joie de vivre to Happy Ali with food, wine, recipes, interviews and video content.
Happiest when…
sharing the hospitality of the table with family, friends, and newcomers!

our team

Sonia tan

Contributor

A former photo-journalist and currently working in broadcasting, Sonia contributes features and photographs for Happy Ali.
Happiest when…
exploring, meeting people, and learning new things!

Deborah Thomas

Deborah Thomas

Contributor

Helming The Australian Women’s Weekly for almost a decade, Deborah also edited Australia’s most popular women’s magazines, Cleo, Elle and Mode, before moving to corporate roles.
Happiest when…
the sun is shining and I am talking, laughing and sharing quality time with great friends and family!

Lucy Broadbent

Contributor

Author, writer and contributor to The Los Angeles Times, The London Times, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Net-A-Porter. She is based in Los Angeles.
Happiest when…
my clothes fit.

Shelley Ferguson

Contributor

Interior designer, TV host, nature lover, wife and mum of two, Shelley has a career spanning 20 years in the home magazine industry with her own interior design company, Rock The House.
Happiest when…
on a white sand beach in New Zealand in summer with friends, family and a cold glass of rosé!

our team

CATHERINE MARSHALL

Health Editor

Award-winning Editor of Good Health magazine for over 15 years, Catherine has an enthusiastic interest in wellbeing and alternative therapies, while also ghost-writing, travel writing and dabbling in fiction. 
Happiest when…
I am playing an entertaining game of doubles on a grass tennis court!

HOWARD BILTON

Contributor

A lawyer and Chairman of Sovereign Trust, Howard launched the charity The Sovereign Art Foundation in 2003. A regular newspaper contributor and author, he owns a vineyard in Portugal called Howard’s Folly.
Happiest when…
drinking great wine with great friends and watching sport.

Nicola Kelly

Contributor

An experienced print journalist, working both as a writer and editor for multiple UK newspapers and magazines including the Daily Mail and Mail On Sunday, Nicola has also run a media training company. She is now a media consultant. 
Happiest when…
As a yoga newbie I manage to do a new pose without falling into a tangled mess on the floor!

Guest Contributors

Hannah Lising-White

Contributor

Experienced in digital marketing, social media, communications and journalism, Hannah has worked in AI, publishing, fashion and charities.  
Happiest when…
I'm home in Sydney, overlooking the sea, tanning with my two triplet brothers!

Scott Murphy

Contributor

Over several decades in radio, print, television and film, Scott has transformed his love of media into a career. His writing has appeared in the South China Morning Post, Rolling Stone, Hollywood Reporter, Billboard and several other global publications.
Happiest…
with a slice of pizza in hand!

Laura Laplana Rubio

Contributor

An aspiring documentary filmmaker and journalist, Laura has worked in different media fields including science communication, social media and documentary production. She is based in Spain and is currently finishing a documentary project about the cultural similarities between Spain and East Asia.
Happiest when…
I learn something new.

Glenys Nellist

Contributor

Originally from England but now living in Dearborn, Michigan, Glenys is an award-winning writer of over 20 books for children from retelling of classic Bible stories to her latest Little Mole series. See inside her titles at this link.
Happiest when…
walking in winter woods with my hubby or reading to my grandchildren.

our support team

DANIEL FELLER

Director of Branding

Experienced in brand extension and licensing, Daniel has worked in these arenas for over 20 years in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and the UK. 
Happiest when…
I’ve got a heap of trips to look forward to with my kids!

Maarten Fraza

Head of IT

CEO and Founder of Guko Digital, Maarten’s experience in all aspects of IT made him the perfect choice for the technical setup of the Happy Ali website and IT platform.
Happiest when…
holidaying in the company of loved ones with a glass of wine in hand!

Mark Pinkstone

Advisor

A veteran journalist, Mark was Former Chief Information Officer for the Hong Kong (British) Government, Corporate Affairs Director of Datuk Kemerat Holdings (Malaysia), Leavesden Studios (London) and Banque Financier de la Citi (Geneva).
Happiest when…
I’m with my family and my daughter’s twin girls, the little monkeys, are always playing tricks on grandad!

anita dadlani

Marketing & Communications

A communications professional with 20+ years of experience in PR, Marketing and Events, Anita has worked in the travel, banking and luxury lifestyle segments internationally, with a focus on Hong Kong, Dubai and India. 
Happiest when…
on the beach listening to the sound of the waves

our team

CATHERINE MARSHALL

Health Editor

Award-winning Editor of Good Health magazine for over 15 years, Catherine has an enthusiastic interest in wellbeing and alternative therapies, while also ghost-writing, travel writing and dabbling in fiction. 
Happiest when…
I am playing an entertaining game of doubles on a grass tennis court!

PIYA HARTONO

Social Media Assistant

Experienced in social media, graphic design, and photography. Piya hails from Panama City, Panama and has worked with many local charities and organisations.
Happiest when…
I’m exploring new places with friends and family.

Nicola Kelly

Contributor

An experienced print journalist, working both as a writer and editor for multiple UK newspapers and magazines including the Daily Mail and Mail On Sunday, Nicola has also run a media training company. She is now a media consultant. 
Happiest when…
As a yoga newbie I manage to do a new pose without falling into a tangled mess on the floor!

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