Hélène Malandain

With eight years of experience in some of the top communication agencies in Europe and in New Zealand, Hélène is a hands-on project manager with a strategic head and a creative approach to challenges. In London, Hélène worked at Forster, an independent consultancy whose founder’s vision is to ‘inspire and empower people at every level to change their world for the better’. At Forster,Hélène managed campaigns and community engagement programmes across a wide range of issues such as health, sustainability and social justice.

Hélène moved to New Zealand six years ago and first worked at Saatchi & Saatchi Wellington before moving to Clemenger BBDO where she was servicing a portfolio of government agency clients such as the NZTA, Inland Revenue, the Ministry for Primary Industries and Civil Defence.

Hélène joined Ākina in January 2014 to co-design and co-deliver the Launchpad – Ākina’s first accelerator programme. After a few months on parental leave, Hélène came back as the Project Director for Social Enterprise World Forum 2017 that took place in Christchurch last September. Hélène is now the Global Relationships Director, in charge of building Ākina’s relationships with overseas partners to enable better transfer of knowledge, sharing of good practice, and ensuring NZ takes an active role in growing the global movement.

Hélène is based in Wellington.