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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

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#GEW2019 Story 9/10 - Next-generation tech skills are a game-changer for all entrepreneurs. #PLACEmaker @Techfugees develops the tech-skills of #refugee & #migrant women so their projects can scale! 🚀

Full story here:

#GEWEcosystems #GEWInclusion
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#GEW2019 Story 8/10 - @LucieUmukundwa, is a journalist from Rwanda, who uses powerful #storytelling to sell East-African art and change the perception of the region.

Discover her e-store here:

#GEWInclusion #Catalyst
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#GEW2019 Story 7/10 - @Meridiam has been a strategic #PLACEmaker since the onset of @network_place. Pictured here, CEO @ThierryDeau speaking on the importance of #newcomer entrepreneurship in territorial development.

Full story here:
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In 2019, Farid Ahmad Mohammadzai has supported 145 people access employment in Paris through the multiple businesses and partnerships Public Relations Development has created. Rarely seen without his multi-national team of colleagues and volunteers, Farid inspires others to persevere and innovate to succeed! #PLACECatalyst #MigrantLedInnovation #Leadership

Read his full story here:
Shaping a story requires more than words, more than images, more than hashtags. A story needs to be carried, it needs to be embodied. On November 23rd, during the final installment of the My Image, My Story, the PLACE Catalysts will be strengthening their stories through impeccable body language.

Full story here:


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