Become the next leader

solve challenges

create a powerful network

learn new skills

do something unexpected

find your place

PLACE is a Paris-based start-up that unlocks the hidden opportunities of newcomer talent in Europe and matches it with economic actors in the areas of entrepreneurship, employment and higher education.
It is born of the collaboration between PLACEmakers: actors from different sectors and countries who need newcomer talent to thrive.
Its core value is
migrant-led innovation: newcomers developing themselves the value that host societies need.

3 things we do really well
with newcomer talent


we identify talent

We source newcomer talent in response to the needs of PLACEmakers.
These needs can be jobs (part-time or full-time), students for higher education, entrepreneurs for incubators, artists for residencies… the sky’s the limit, as is the potential of newcomer talent!
Our multilingual, multicultural team have a unique capacity to penetrate local informal networks to find the hidden gems wherever they are.


we boost talent

Our unique Catalyst Academy prepares newcomer talent with Future of Work skills, along 4 tracks: Leadership, Collaboration, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. 

All Catalysts in the Academy have an economic opportunity (job, studies or incubation)  and take part in our immersive out-of-the-box training which prepares them for the Future of Work. We’re led by a strong design culture which has its roots in the innovation studio that founded PLACE and develops its curriculum.

we match talent

Organizations have unique needs when it comes to talent.
The Catalyst Academy enables us to work closely with specific PLACEmakers to shape the talent they need for their organizations to thrive.
PLACEmakers invest in talent through PLACE, and we work with PLACEmakers to make them future-ready. Through intercultural trainings, mentoring and more, they become first of the class in leveraging newcomer talent for their own performance.


Doers across sectors who are turning Europe into a place
where migrant-led innovation happens naturally

Interested in joining the placemakers’ collective?

The place team

8 nationalities, 4 continents and 14 languages… we come from all walks of life, but here are a few points we have in common:

\ We care above all about people

\ We are perfectionists, self-motivated and relentless until we get results

\ We communicate openly and honestly

\ We need playfulness and challenges

\ We breathe through feedback

\ We put results and the team first

\ We excel at working across locations and cultures

Devika Singh

Learning & Programs

Sarah Ann McRae

Partnerships & Communication

Rohullah Sidiqullah

Talent Sourcer

Shawgi Ahmed

Talent Manager

Miora Ranaivoarinosy

Learning Manager

Léa Drougard


Michele Caleffi

Co-founder & Head of Design

Charlotte Hochman

Co-founder & Head of Innovation

Yazen Waked

Co-founder & Talent Expert

Join the team


We need new voices in #leadership positions across sectors. #Newvoices, new points of view, new ideas will be key in building the new normal. Migrants and #refugees, in addition to a multitude of essential skills for the workplace 2.0, have all of these.
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Be it online or offline, communities truly shine in times of crisis.

Read how the PLACE community has been able to reconnect, recharge and support one another during this year like no other:

#community #resilience #PLACECatalysts
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Apply to be part of Emerging Leaders 2021!

From March 2021 to November 2021, PLACE, European coalition for migrants, and BMW foundation will be teaming up to enable migrants and refugees in the field of public leadership
Emerging Leaders is a next-generation acceleration program for newcomers with a strong ambition to penetrate strategic networks and influence the fields of civil society and public leadership in Europe.

We are looking for dynamic leaders who want to contribute to positive change in their host communities around Europe. This program will be certified by the BMW foundation that works on promoting responsible leadership and inspires leaders worldwide to work towards a peaceful, just, and sustainable future.

Do you want to apply? Go here now:

Any questions, feel free to message us directly for more information at:
Phew! It is (almost) over. 2020 - what a year, a year we will never forget. A year that came with its challenges, but that also came with moments we will always treasure. As many organizations did during this zoomed-in year, we went through a radical transition to immersive online learning. Thanks to this online format we were able to reach an unprecedented number of people based across the globe - with every person looking to grow, and contribute to the growth of others. To each and every person that contributed to PLACE in 2020 - thank you for your spirit, your trust and your energy that kept us motivated all year long. If you haven't yet, you can learn more about the people of PLACE in 2020 in our latest loudspeaker:

The PLACE team is wishing you all the best for the new year, for the challenges, opportunities and growth that it will bring. ✨
The PLACE Team is growing! 🌱

We have two positions to fill and are the look-out for some talented individuals to join our multicultural team!

Pre-Incubation Manager (apply here:
Communications Manager (apply here:


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