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.

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.

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.

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 take decisions and stay on the right track.

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

Devika Singh

Head of Programs

LĂ©a Drougard

Design & Events Coordinator

Shawgi Ahmed

Public Leadership Program Manager

Sophie Gholami

Community Animator

Rayan Badaoui

Social Media Manager

Sedera Ranaivoarinosy

Communications Manager

Hugo Pilate

Business Program Manager

Miora Ranaivoarinosy

Event Host

Razan Ismail

Catalyst Manager

Michele Caleffi

Co-founder & Head of Design

Charlotte Hochman

Co-founder & Head of Innovation

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.


1/5 - As 2021 ends, we reflect on 2 milestones for PLACE & our program Emerging Leaders: receiving the @UNAOC and @BMWGroup's #interculturalinnovation Award and our celebration of newcomer leadership, #LeadTheChange, which took place on Nov. 23
And the curtain closes on #LeadTheChange! Thank you to everyone who joined us in this event that was as enlightening as it was enriching!

Let's keep growing together!

#EmergingLeaders #WeBelieveInNew #PublicLeadership #ResponsibleLeadership
"No wishful thinking, just hard work: we ask that #EmergingLeaders fill these spaces with who you are" ~ Charlotte Hochman, co-founder of PLACE Network

#LeadTheChange #WeBelieveInNew #PublicLeadership #ResponsibleLeadership
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"What's very clear is that we have ingredients that work to create new powerful voices." ~ Charlotte Hochman, co-founder of PLACE Network

#LeadTheChange #EmergingLeaders #PublicLeadership #ResponsibleLeadership #WeBelieveInNew
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" #EmergingLeaders has shown me how much you [the Catalysts] contribute to the greatness that is #Europe [...] You are all citizens of Europe" ~ Markus Hipp @bmwfoundation

#LeadTheChange #WeBelieveInNew #PublicLeadership #ResponsibleLeadership
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"It's one thing to go down the road. It's another, much more difficult thing to pave your road through a mountain, and that's what #EmergingLeaders are doing." ~ Anila Noor @EucEuropean

#LeadTheChange #WeBelieveInNew #ResponsibleLeadership #PublicLeadership
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Happy new year! 🎊
We are happy to keep working hand in hand with you for another year, pushing the boundaries to shift the narrative around migration and newcomer talent! 🌱
👉 2021 was a stand-out year for PLACE, filled with motivated Catalysts, new programs and the @UNAOC’s Intercultural Innovation Award.
👉 May 2022 bring even more people together to amplify the diverse voices working to solve the challenges our world is facing.💭
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#migrantledinnovation #equality #inspiration #2022 #newyearvision #newcomers #europe #leadership #innovation #newcomerstalent
This #internationalmigrantsday , we celebrate the voices of newcomer leaders!

We celebrate the innovation they bring to Europe, their impact in tackling complex world challenges and their influence in reshaping what it means to be a leader.

But we can do more to accelerate newcomer leadership: wherever we are, whatever our skills, each and everyone of us can contribute to ensuring more newcomer leaders get a seat at the table. On this International Migrants’ Day, tell us how you want to take part by following the link in our stories!

#refugeeswelcome #Webelieveinnew #LeadTheChange #newcomerleadership #responsibleleadership
Support an #EmergingLeader!

Velos Youth, led by Emerging Leader '21 Mustafa Mohammed, has just launched #RentToRestartCampaign: an awareness and crowdfunding campaign to raise 4,800 Euros ($5,428.90) which will cover the rent for 8 young people in 2022 and provide young people with:
- access to secure accommodation
- support to find employment, save money and secure their own private accommodation
- all within 6 months!

Donate here:
As this year ends, we reflect on two events that have rung in new milestones for PLACE and our program Emerging Leaders: receiving the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and BMW Group’s Intercultural Innovation Award and our celebration of newcomer leadership, #LeadTheChange, which took place on Nov. 23.

Both the award and the event have confirmed that the time is now to accelerate newcomer leadership in the public sector. We call upon institutions, companies, CSOs and individuals to work together towards a common goal of fostering new embodiments of leadership and creating inclusive spaces and communities.

We are now ready to take this initiative to scale with our partners: in 2022, Emerging Leaders will become a full-fledged incubator for newcomer leaders, run by a consortium of institutions and companies that are dedicated to fostering the renewal of public leadership. We’d like to thank the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt for spearheading this consortium with us and invite you to join us as well!

We also thank the The German Marshall Fund of the United States and the European Coalition for their contributions in running the pilots and developing Emerging Leaders until now.

To let us know how you want to contribute to the acceleration of newcomer talent in public leadership, get in touch here:
"Nous avons donc voulu être proactifs et montrer que ces migrants pouvaient être de véritables actifs à la fois culturels, sociaux et économiques pour l’Europe."

Suite au #iiaward2021, décerné par l'United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) et le BMW Group, PLACE est dans INfluencia !
It’s tomorrow!

Join us this Tuesday Nov. 23 at 7PM CET for #LeadTheChange, our celebration in honor of newcomer leadership and the #EmergingLeaders ecosystem.

Come for the inspiration, for the innovative ideas and last but not least to find out how you can help accelerate #newcomer #leadership in the public sector!

Register here: