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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PLACE3 days ago
"The pessimism that flows from our analysis, our observation, and our lived experiences can — must, and should be — overcome by the optimism of our thought, our action, our creativity, and our courage." - Kumi Naidoo 🌱💡

Kumi Naidoo, member of the Emerging Leaders Artivism Alliance Artistic Council with PLACE, and former executive director for Greenpeace and secretary general for Amnesty International, recently spoke at the 2024 Payne Distinguished Lecture Series on #climatejustice. 🌟

He highlights how creative storytelling can combine with scientific evidence to inspire profound human change, moving societies to long-term solutions for #climatechange, #economicdeprivation, #socialinjustice, and #war.

Read more about his inspiring talk "Creative Maladjustment and the Climate Crisis" here Read more about his inspiring talk "Creative Maladjustment and the Climate Crisis" here: 🔗

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#PLACENetwork #EmergingLeaders #ArtivismAlliance #NewcomerVoices #ActNow 🌍🌿🎭
PLACE4 days ago
The UP Collective 2023 impact summary is now live! ✨

Explore stories of innovation among refugee entrepreneurs in the UK, Netherlands and France.

Read the report here -
PLACE6 days ago
CatalysTalk Speaker Announced 📢 Caryarit Carolina Perez!

Join us on the 13th March to Ecole des Ponts Business School. Caryarit will be talking about her journey from Venezuela to France, including the challenges she faced and the opportunities she found through her unique skills!

Grab your ticket on Eventbrite now:

#PLACENetwork #CatalysTalks #FutureOfWork #NewcomerTalent #FastForward
PLACE1 week ago
💡 Did you know that 21% of 15 to 34-year-olds in the EU come from a migrant background? That's 25.5 million people!

With EU elections just around the corner, young people's voices need representation in discussions on migration policies. And what better way to do that than reading the recommendations they themselves put forward?

Take a look at the Migration Policy Group's joint position paper: "Migration, integration, and political participation: The perspectives of young people with a migration background".

Read it here ➡️
PLACE2 weeks ago
For #WorldDayofSocialJustice2024 we are highlighting an Artivism Alliance Catalyst: Isadora Canela. 🌍🎨

In a recent interview with Art Africa Magazine, Isadora talks about her exhibition 'Mined Landscapes' which explores the pressing devastation to the environment and local communities caused by voracious mining practices. Ten female artists have curated this collective outcry regarding the Brumadinho dam collapse tragedy in January 2019, intertwining rural, indigenous, youth, and elder voices to reclaim justice and regeneration. 🖼️🌳👩‍🎨

Read more about the interview on Isadora's Instagram @isadoracanela, or discover the full Art Africa Magazine here: 📰🔗

If you want to experience Isadora's work first hand, she's running a regenerative community project in Berlin and applications close on February 26th! In partnership with Haus der Statistics and Refugee Week, this art residency program blends research and artistic practices, ending in an exhibition in Berlin! Interested? Apply here: 🌱🎭

#PLACENetwork #WorldDayofSocialJustice #ClimateActivism #ArtivismAlliance #NewcomerVoices #RefugeesWelcome #ArtsOpportunity 🌍🌱🎨
PLACE3 weeks ago
Congratulations to K'Naan for winning the #GrammyAward: Best Song for Social Change! 🎉

"Your song is a hymn of hope for the more than 114 million people forced to flee." - UNHCR

The Somali-Canadian songwriter released "Refugee" in 2023 as a tribute to refugees worldwide. Following his rise to international fame with "Wavin' Flag," (Coca-Cola's promo anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup) has always addressed his personal experiences as a refugee in his music.

Recognition of this achievement will resonate with newcomers using the arts for social change allover the world!

Read more about it here:

#PLACERecommends #PLACENetwork #Artivism #NewcomerTalent #UnlockYourPotential #Grammys2024 #RefugeesAreWelcome


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