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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PLACE4 days ago
Meet Kani Kamil, an Artivism Alliance 2023 Catalyst! 🌟

🎨 From Kurdistan to the UK, Kani's journey has been marked by a relentless pursuit of social critique and empowerment. Currently in the writing stage of her PHD thesis on the silence of Kurdish Iraqi women, Kani's work shines a light on the intersection of nature, culture, and gender. With mediums ranging from photography to installation, needlework, video, and sound, her art speaks volumes about the world we live in.

Don't miss her exhibition currently in Manchester Art Gallery, the thought-provoking 'Rethinking the Grand Tour' until November 2025. In this exhibition, Kani gives a voice to Iraqi Kurds, represented through the poignant display of her mother's Hashmi dress. 🧵 She describes her sense of nostalgia and empowerment in offering visibility to “unseen pieces that have been brought to this country by Grand Tourists.” Find out more here: 🏠✨

#PowerOfArchiving #AmplifyVoices #WomenInAcademia #Artivism #KaniKamil #ManchesterExhibition #PLACENetwork #PeopleOfPlace
PLACE5 days ago
Resilient cities has now reached Clermont-Ferrand! 🌟
Following the inspiring sessions in Grenoble, where passionate local actors delved into innovative strategies, the Resilient Cities journey is now taking over Clermont-Ferrand.
🏙️ With the active participation of 8 local actors, we embarked on a journey of self-reflection, questioning biases, and empathizing with newcomers. Our discussions, fueled by understanding the complexities of intersectionality—including migrant experiences, and the challenges faced by women and mothers—strengthened our commitment to unity in the community.
Let's keep the momentum going as Resilient Cities works towards establishing a formal structure for migrant participation in Clermont-Ferrand. 🌍 #ResilientCities #CommunityUnity"
PLACE2 weeks ago
Make sure to support Artivism Alliance participant Zabya Abo Aljadayel for the Malmö International Festival of Oud and Arabic Song 2024! 🎤

Malmö International Festival of Oud and Arabic Song is a unique event organized by ORIENTALISKA KULTUR MUSIK HUSET, dedicated to promoting and encouraging creators of Arabic music and singing.

To vote for Zabya and help her get accepted to perform, simply comment the number "30" on the social media posts below and share the original links!


#NewcomerVoices #MigrantTalent #ArtivismAlliance #PLACENetwork
PLACE2 weeks ago
🎊 #EventYouCantMiss: Empow'Her Festival 2024!

Next week Empow’Her Festival is back with its 4th edition: "Acting for a Feminist World".

From Friday, April 19th to Sunday, April 21st, 2024, head down to CENTQUATRE in Paris for a weekend to empower all dreamers of a feminist, #inclusive, and #environmentallyrespectful society. The festival is a #celebration of initiatives led by individuals committed to #change worldwide. It's not just an event, it's a transformative experience, fostering discussions and connections.

What's on? Panel discussions, workshops, meet-ups, concerts, and exhibitions covering a wide range of topics including climate, health, cinema, sexuality, politics, sports, and economy.

With over 6,000 expected attendees, this event is for everyone!
🎟️ Get your ticket here:

#PLACENetwork #DiversityAndInclusion #EmpowHerFest #FeministWorld
PLACE2 weeks ago
Meet Siba Haitham Mohamed, PLACE Alumni and Facilitator! ⭐
We asked Siba her current POV on migrant integration within the educational and business worlds, delving into her expertise in International Business Management. Take a look 🔍 👇

1) What can education and business learn from each other about developing migrant talents?
➝ Education emphasizes cultural diversity and helps create an environment in which migrants can develop their talents, as well as a sense of belonging. Both business and education offer language support to help migrants overcome their language barriers. Businesses can take advantage of education by providing skills development programs for migrants, and creating access to employment for migrants as well as offering them professional development opportunities such as internships.

2. ⁠How has your sector transition at PLACE influenced your perspective on this connectedness?
➝ PLACE has helped me reshape the way I perceive myself and my potential. It has also helped me to take an active role in shaping my future and increasing my personal efficacy. I also felt more confident thanks to the new skills, knowledge, and competencies I developed as well as the opportunities I found at PLACE.

#PeopleOfPLACE #NewcomerTalent #MigrantVoices #Facilitation #Business&Education #EmbraceDiversity
PLACE2 weeks ago
Are YOU #registered to #vote in the upcoming June #EU Elections? Check here! 🗳️

🤝 Currently, the European Pact on Asylum and Migration is in a crucial phase of negotiation and implementation in the European Union. The Pact is a set of regulations and policies to create a #fairer, more #efficient, and more #sustainable migration and asylum process for the EU. With the elections this summer, EU Citizens can put #supportive and #inclusive decision-makers into the EU Parliament.

🔍 What is currently at stake for the EU and the Pact on Asylum and Migration?
Policy Direction: EU elections determine the course of migration policies, including the implementation of the #EuropeanPactOnAsylumAndMigration.
Human Rights Balance: Debates center on balancing security concerns with upholding the #rights of migrants and #AsylumSeekers, impacting the EU's #HumanRights commitments.
Schengen Integrity: Migration policies affect the Schengen Area, with stricter controls potentially undermining the principle of #PassportFreeTravel.
Sovereignty vs. Solidarity: Elections highlight tensions between national #sovereignty in border control and the EU's push for #solidarity in navigating migration.
Geopolitical Influence: External factors like #conflicts and economic conditions shape the EU's response to migration crises, impacting its global migration governance role.

✊ Using your right to vote can influence how migration is discussed within the European Union. Together, we have the power to ignite #RealChange and push for diverse #representation at an EU level. So, make sure you are registered to vote and participate in the upcoming EU Elections!

#UseYourVote #EUElections2024 #MigrantVoices #Inclusion #Diversity


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