Malene Rydahl


After 18 years of rich and extensive experience in the corporate world, most recently as Director of Corporate Communication for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts in EAME, Malene qualified as one of the “24 women of 2012” according to the French magazine L’Express.

Prior to her time with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Malene worked six years for Bang & Olufsen during the period of the turnaround of the company, she also held a position with WPP in France heading the key account “Le Bon Marché” (LVMH) of the agency.

She is now a full time writer and speaker and wants to share the secret of what the Danes can teach us about happiness and how we can all live better, more purposeful lives. She also explores why Danish employees are some of the happiest in the world and how that directly impacts results financially in a positive way.

She is the author of the book “ Heureux comme un danois” (As happy as a Dane) published by Grasset in France in April 2014. The book became a best-seller and was awarded the prize of the most optimistic book in 2014. It has been published in Korea, Taiwan, Japan and will come out in 2016 in Russia and Turkey.

Alongside her career, Malene Rydahl has taken strong commitments. She is part of the advisory committee of the Positive Economy Forum led by French economist, writer and civil servant Jacques Attali and under the sponsorship of the French President. She is also an associate of the Danish start-up 42° Raw, a healthy fast food concept with 4 current restaurants in Copenhagen. Moreover, she supports Europe Tomorrow, a French social start-up which aims at mapping local social and environmental innovations across Europe.

In 2014, her childhood dream of becoming an ambassador came true as she was appointed Goodwill ambassador of Copenhagen.

Malene lives in Paris but travels all over the world.

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