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20 Questions with Saskia Falken Hickey

Get a sneak peek into the life of Daily Maverick’s Head of Marketing as she answers 20 questions for Maverick Insiders

I have so many, I’m terribly sentimental. If I had to choose one, it would be the handwritten notes I’ve kept from when my daughter was a tween and still thought Mummy was the best thing!

Big hugs from all my favourite people always do the trick.

“Unexpected kindness is the most underrated agent of change. And it’s a gift everyone can afford to give.” 

Not my quote but it has stuck with me.

 I always thought being a TV news anchor was a terribly cool AND important job. 

Depends on the season I think. Summers are definitely for getting up at sunrise, it’s an incredibly energising way to start your day.

“Stay the course, honour your dreams and your principles, and your time will come.” Thuli Madonsela at my graduation ceremony many moons ago. It has sustained me in times of need.

Hahahaha, have you been speaking to my friends? Just a few months ago actually, I fell off my bed while dancing to Rihanna, injuring my elbow. I couldn’t drive for three weeks! Dancing feet are now firmly on the ground only.

I’m ashamed to say I haven’t read it yet. But it’s going to be Brene Brown’s, Atlas of the Heart… there’s still time.

I would love to learn to lip-sync like a boss! Just purely for my own entertainment.

Sometimes I think formal education is overrated but then I also think there’s a time and a place for everything.

I would travel the world with all my favourite humans.

Normally it’s that pesky self-talk that tends to hold one back. 

Kindness. I really always wish for more kindness. And more quality thinking wouldn’t be bad either.

Use Facebook as a source of credible news.

We have such big issues in South Africa which are complex and not easy to solve, but I would definitely prioritise eradicating violence in all its forms in our society and then throw everything behind getting our children and youth ready to take the country forward by focusing on job creation, and learning and development.

I do enjoy my BBC Sounds app and my go-to is a podcast series by Greg James and Bella Mackie called “Teach me a lesson” where they talk to amazing teachers and try to pick up what they missed in school. Expect brilliant teachers, captivating subjects but absolutely no homework, is what their profile says, and they do deliver.

Also currently running on Netflix is a doccie series called Beckham which I found really beautifully told and put together.


Snails probably – and I do love an oyster and some people think those are pretty weird too. 

Always the things that come out of my teenage daughter’s mouth! The teenage mind is such a delight!

I can make daisy chains from flowers 🙂

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Saskia Falken Hickey

Head of marketing