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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


🗣️Call for new talent! 🗣️ Are you a #newcomer in Paris who is passionate about #communityorganizing and #publicleadership? Do you know someone who fits this profile? Become a new voice in global leadership networks with PLACE in 2020 🌱 Apply here: network_place photo

In an ever changing world, you need an ever changing canvas 🎨 #ARTivist and #PLACECatalyst Ahlam speaks on #feminism and #empowerment through her work - discover her #story here: network_place photo

"The ample #culturalheritage that is found in France has become an important part of Naouël’s #identity. Today as an international law student she is passionate about protecting #culturalheritage for future generations. "
Meet #PLACECatalyst Naouël here:
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Are you passionate about community initiatives? Do you dream of working for public interest?

In 2020 PLACE will be running a program for newcomers who are ambitious about developing their careers in the field of civil society and public leadership.

If you are interested in applying please fill out this form:

Any questions? You contact Shawgi, PLACE's Talent & Connections Coordinator directly at +33 7 68 26 04 81 or via email at
CATALYST STORIES UPDATE: Due to the continued strikes in Paris, Catalyst Stories has been cancelled for this evening Monday, December 9th. After four months of building their inspiring stories, we want to make sure the #PLACECatalysts have the best conditions to shine ✨We will be rescheduling Catalyst Stories for another date in January. We are looking forward to celebrating this remarkable group of people with you - keep in touch for the new date! 🗓


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