PLACE is a Paris-based start-up that unlocks the potential of newcomer talent for Europe through leadership and innovation.

How we unlock newcomer talent

We source & match talent 

Our multicultural, agile team is in a unique position of being a bridge between 

  • cutting-edge networks and organizations getting ready for the future and who need diverse talent
  • and newcomer communities, where we can source rare talent with fresh eyes and unique potential to contribute to ambitious organizations

We are the place where they meet.

Through intercultural training, next-generation coaching and more, we ensure the organizations become first of the class in leveraging newcomer talent for their own performance. 

We accelerate talent

We enable newcomer talents to acquire the future-facing skills they need to prove their resilience and value in our changing economies. 

In collaboration with leading industry-specific actors, we provide certification, skill acceleration and network penetration for newcomer talents. Our strength lies in the next-generation learning methodologies we create, which combine innovation labs, blended learning and immersive experiences.

The output: future-proof talent with unique points of view that are ready to lead across sectors. 

Our areas of focus:

Public Leadership


Media & the arts 



We change the narrative

We create stories and immersive experiences that actively change the perception of migration in host societies. Through our platform Stories of place, we curate rich content filled with insights and data on the intersection of migration and innovation. In Paris, Berlin and London we create nomadic, immersive spaces where actors across sectors can experience migration differently.



A collective of private, public and civil society actors that enable the economic potential of migrants and refugees to emerge

The place team

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


Sarah Ann McRae

Head of Business Development

Léa Drougard


Michele Caleffi

Co-founder & Head of Design

Devika Singh

Head of Programs

\ 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


Charlotte Hochman

Co-founder & Head of Innovation

Shawgi Ahmed

Talent Coordinator

Miora Ranaivoarinosy

Learning Manager

Axelle Roi

Partnerships Acquisition Lead

Yazen Waked

Co-founder & Talent Expert


PLACE Crew are leaders from migrant and refugee backgrounds who take on the responsibility of diffusing the essential future of work skills to the larger newcomer community. They represent the exceptional and rare talent that migration brings to host societies. Trained on leadership, interculturality, innovation, facilitation & event production, sourcing of diverse talent and new models of community animation they work alongside the PLACE team in leading next-generation trainings and undergo certification with PLACE. 


Rohullah Sidiqullah

Sobi Pillai



Hanane Eljibiri





We're all smiles as we wrap up our #EmergingLeaders kick-off! Thank you to the catalysts and facilitators who joined us, as well as our partners @bmwfoundation & @EucEuropean; all of whom made this an inspiring experience.

See you at the finish line!🏁
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"Three years ago I would have never dreamed of living in Europe. That said, I am a proud #refugee; and will continue to build a life where I live." Very inspiring testimony by last year's #EmergingLeaders alumnus Mohamed Alborgi ( @mdalborgi )about connecting to his newfound home. network_place photo

"Europe is our home, and we are all responsible for it." ~ Anila Noor ( @nooranila), European Coalition ( @EucEuropean) network_place photo

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Plus que quelques jours pour candidater !

Vous êtes réfugié.e.s en France et avez une idée de projet entrepreneurial, mais ne savez pas par où commencer ?

➡️ Candidatez dès maintenant pour rejoindre la prochaine promotion d’ de la Ice Academy :

📆 D'avril à août, ce programme offre, aux réfugié.e.s qui ont un projet entrepreneurial, la possibilité de travailler sur leurs idées d'entreprise et d'acquérir une véritable expérience professionnelle en France .

Le programme de la ICE Academy se compose de deux parties :

1. Une formation à l'entrepreneuriat : vous développerez votre idée entrepreneuriale grâce à des sessions de formation hebdomadaires inspirées du design et serez accompagné.e.s par un coach tout au long du développement de votre projet entrepreneurial.

2. Un emploi à temps partiel rémunéré : +/- 16h de travail chez l’une de nos entreprises partenaires : le Jardin d’Acclimatation ou le Parc Astérix**

Si vous êtes disponibles et souhaitez développer votre idée d'entreprise, ne manquez surtout pas cette opportunité !


** La composante "emploi" dépend des conditions sanitaires liées à la COVID-19. Les offres d'emploi ne seront disponibles que si les parcs touristiques pourront reprendre leurs activités. Cette composante peut être remplacée par d'autres activités visant à développer des compétences professionnelles entrepreneuriales.
In this edition, we dive into Certificate in Innovation and Technology Management (CITM), a program created with École des Ponts Business School to equip newcomers with the key future of work skills needed for our changing economies.

During 6 months, 19 Catalysts followed this intensive program made up of immersive online Challenges, coaching sessions and networking events with PLACE and its partners. Congratulations on your hard work!

Learn more about their experience and profiles in the newsletter:
Les inscriptions aux programmes de Causons sont ouvertes!

Une chance de participer à des cours de langues (arabe, turque, persane, pashto, ourdou et russe) niveaux débutant et intermédiaire donnés par des enseignant.e.s en situation d'insertion socio-professionnelle en France!

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