PLACE accelerates and leverages the innovation newcomers bring to Europe
European societies need more and stronger voices with a recent history of migration to bring their perspectives and make their contributions to key economic sectors

We accelerate talent and match it with opportunities for new talent in 4 sectors. Find out what role you can play!


Upskilling for meaningful employment
in a shifting economy

PLACE creates a pipeline that is win-win for both newcomers and the private sector: newcomers master new skills and opportunities to access meaningful work and companies get matched with the diverse talent they seek.


From a choice by default to a self-defined life project, entrepreneurship can be a way to find a place in a new society. 

PLACE offers a pathway to start and test entrepreneurial projects which takes newcomers further on their empowerment journey: successfully integrating a business incubator or starting their own business.


We need new voices of influence on the complex challenges our societies are facing. We need newcomer voices in the public sphere.

PLACE runs the first of its kind public leadership incubator, to create capacity and room for new voices on key topics and invent new leadership models. We create the conditions for eye-level interactions for emerging leaders, and provide new talent to established leadership networks for new conversations that need to happen.

Media &
the Arts

Our complex societies need new conversations and forms of dialogue that only new voices can catalyze. 

PLACE develops bold proposals with diverse voices who speak for themselves, to challenge mainstream views of migration, leadership and other conversations wanting to be born.

By unlocking this new talent and matching it with organisations looking for new players in the areas of business, entrepreneurship, public leadership, and media & arts, we are shifting the perspective of migration from a burden to a unique asset for the development and growth of Europe.

PLACE champions migrant-led innovation: since 2016, we offer transformative and innovative learning experiences to newcomers and host societies, while also giving newcomers space for self-determination to find their version of power.

We do this through designing and running programs and events, from our flagship pop-up innovation labs in European capitals to 9-month fellowships online, from public events to retreats, hackathons, training of trainers, exhibitions and more. Our formats are migrant-led, apply next-generation learning methodologies and ed-tech, and involve groups from 10 to 100 people. They all share one aim: create the link in practice between migration and innovation in the sectors concerned.

Facilitation services

Knowing how to facilitate a group and lead collaboration online and offline, is a form of power. PLACE trains past learners of its programs to be Facilitators for online and offline learning, experiences and events. All PLACE events are migrant-led, and we also facilitate external events.

Interested in facilitation services?

Become a coach or an expert

PLACE monitors all learning outcomes through external experts, who assess the participants’ learning journey. We also provide a personal coach to all our participants, to help them to reach their goals.

Interested in being a PLACE expert or coach?


of PLACE program participants are refugees or asylum seekers


of learners have gained innovation skills exceeding industry standards for the future of work

learners in PLACE programs since 2017


of learners receive training-of-trainers and train on average 30 more people through PLACE

PLACE is working towards 5 Sustainable Development Goals

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

Sedera Ranaivoarinosy

Communications Manager

Selma Rassoul

Program Manager

Sophie Gholami

Community Animator & Social Media Manager

Karla Tijero

Program Manager

Shawgi Ahmed


Jeannet Mopendza

Admin and Finance Manager

Catherine Raad

Designer & Producer

Michele Caleffi

Co-founder & Head of Design

Ismail Alkhateeb

Operations Manager

Charlotte Hochman

Co-founder & Head of Innovation

Jocelyn Maskrey

Program Manager

Yazen Waked

Co-founder & Talent Expert


 PLACE gets its strength and impact from the power of community. Our work is heightened by the collaborative efforts of our partners: forward-thinking actors from different sectors and countries, who push the boundaries so new embodiments of power can arise. Together, we’re changing the narrative of migration and transforming it into a vision of innovation. Join us today: work with us to change the game on a sector-level as a strategic partner.

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PLACE10 hours ago
How do you tackle the waste crisis and empower artists at the same time? 🌳 Ask Iragi Zabona Dezaira, Director of Dezavidart Innovation.

To finish #RefugeeWeek, we are celebrating the work of one of our #ArtivismAlliance 2023 participants: Iragi Zabona Dezaira, an award-winning freelance artist and journalist.

Iraqi is involved in an art project in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which aims to tackle the waste produced from firewood processing. He has teamed up with a group of refugees in the region to utilize this waste as a means to create beautiful art pieces and paintings. They also use other recycled and second-hand materials such as TVs to create their artwork. 🎨

These types of projects allow for open collaborative spaces within a community, fostering cultural exchanges and sustainable skills development. Not only do those participating in the project feel a benefit, but so does the local environment and economy! 👐

#PLACENetwork #WorldRefugeeDay #Artivism #GreenImpact #SustainableArt #RefugeesAreWelcome
PLACE1 day ago
This hashtag#WorldRefugeeDay let's reflect on the actions we can take to stand for hashtag#diversity, hashtag#equity, and hashtag#inclusion. 🥁

🎙 These hashtag#testimonials from our event 'CatalysTalks' in March highlight various ways we can take hashtag#action as hashtag#individuals to embody inclusion in our daily lives. 📹 To watch the full event, hosted at EDPBS with hashtag#TEDTalks given by PLACE Alumni showcasing their hashtag#resiliency and hashtag#adaptability in the world of hashtag#work, click here ➝

🎤 What are hashtag#YOU doing to act for inclusion?

#PLACENetwork #RefugeesAreWelcome #MigrantVoices #DEI #WRD2024 #CatalysTalks
PLACE2 days ago
Following the results of the EU elections in France, the President chose to dissolve the National Assembly. Since WWII, the extreme right has never been closer to reaching executive power.

PLACE have signed the Open Call: 'ENSEMBLE, CONTRE L’EXTRÊME DROITE'. This initiative is led by La Ligue des droits de l'Homme alongside hundreds of other organisations, in order to mobilise and show that on all scales, we stand for a society that is fair and open.
PLACE3 days ago
6 #Myths about #Migration #DEBUNKED:

"Migration is out of control!"
"We can stop migrants by fighting smugglers!"
"Refugees don't have economic motivations"

Phrases like this are often heard around Europe, especially with politicians using migration as a #scapegoat during election #campaigns. Now more than ever, it's important to #challenge these myths and harmful ways of thinking.

Our partner Robert Bosch Stiftung and Mixed Migration Centre have put together a simple #guide debunking 6 of the main myths around migration, that you can use this political year.

Take a look:

#RefugeeWeek #PLACENetwork #DebunkingMigrationMyths #Inclusion #Diversity #PoliticalAgenda #WorldRefugeeDay #WRD2024
PLACE4 days ago
Today marks the beginning of #RefugeeWeek, and the recent EU Elections have shown us just how much we need to strengthen our #solidarity and #inclusion policies. 🤝

When refugee and migrant #voices are included in #conversations with local decision-makers, innovative #solutions to real-life problems can be co-created. During our #EMBRACE project, which lasted 2 years in 11 European cities, the problem of accessing information and services for newcomers was discussed to find root causes, recommendations, and solutions. In Milan, participants proposed a 'personalised digital platform' to help newcomers feel involved and orientated.

🧐 Read more about this (page. 6) and the various other #solutions co-created by people with migration backgrounds and local decision-makers all over #Europe. ➝

#ErasmusPlus #AMIF #PLACENetwork #MigrantVoices #NewcomerInclusion #WorldRefugeeDay #WRD2024
PLACE1 week ago
We are proud to announce that Cedric Bichano, a Catalyst from the Emerging Leaders Artivism Alliance, hosted by PLACE Network in partnership with @commartsnetwork, is now a 2024 Kofi Annan Changemaker!

This initiative brings together 14 young and inspiring leaders under the age of 30 to participate in an intergenerational dialogue for impact.

Founder of the @worldrefugefilmacademy, Cedric empowers refugees through filmmaking and storytelling to drive social change and challenge misconceptions.

His presence in this group of leaders from across the world is yet another indicator that the impact art and storytelling will no longer be ignored in bringing about social change. Congratulations Cedric!

#KAChangemakers #RefugeeRights #Storytelling #Artivism


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