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PLACE is a Paris-based start-up that unlocks the hidden opportunities of newcomer talent in Europe and matches it with economic actors in the areas of entrepreneurship, employment and higher education.
It is born of the collaboration between PLACEmakers: actors from different sectors and countries who need newcomer talent to thrive.
Its core value is
migrant-led innovation: newcomers developing themselves the value that host societies need.

3 things we do really well
with newcomer talent


we identify talent

We source newcomer talent in response to the needs of PLACEmakers.
These needs can be jobs (part-time or full-time), students for higher education, entrepreneurs for incubators, artists for residencies… the sky’s the limit, as is the potential of newcomer talent!
Our multilingual, multicultural team have a unique capacity to penetrate local informal networks to find the hidden gems wherever they are.


we boost talent

Our unique Catalyst Academy prepares newcomer talent with Future of Work skills, along 4 tracks: Leadership, Collaboration, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. 

All Catalysts in the Academy have an economic opportunity (job, studies or incubation)  and take part in our immersive out-of-the-box training which prepares them for the Future of Work. We’re led by a strong design culture which has its roots in the innovation studio that founded PLACE and develops its curriculum.

we match talent

Organizations have unique needs when it comes to talent.
The Catalyst Academy enables us to work closely with specific PLACEmakers to shape the talent they need for their organizations to thrive.
PLACEmakers invest in talent through PLACE, and we work with PLACEmakers to make them future-ready. Through intercultural trainings, mentoring and more, they become first of the class in leveraging newcomer talent for their own performance.


Doers across sectors who are turning Europe into a place
where migrant-led innovation happens naturally

Interested in joining the placemakers’ collective?

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

Léa Drougard

Design & Events Coordinator

Haïrat Assoumani

Assistant Manager

Shawgi Ahmed

Public Leadership Program Manager

Christophe Khabouth

Entrepreneurship 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

Carrie So Lai Kai

Sourcing Manager

Michele Caleffi

Co-founder & Head of Design

Charlotte Hochman

Co-founder & Head of Innovation

Yazen Waked

Co-founder & Talent Expert

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💡The end of discriminations toward an inclusive society comes from a change of paradigm, a change in narrative. Every month, in our newsletter The Loudspeaker, we give updates of the solution we put in practice to support newcomer leaders and host societies to lead systemic change. 💯

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#diversity #newvoices #newcomers
#innovation #diversityandinclusion #migration #FightRacism
PLACE #BTS: Meet the team!
It's been a while since we introduced ourselves here so for the next few weeks, we'll introduce you to one team member every Friday!🎉

First up, Michele: our Co-founder and Head of Design 👨‍🎨
The feeling of home comes from a combination of factors, ones you increasingly become aware of when you try to create a new one for yourself in a new place. 🏠

One of PLACE's program managers, Christie Bitar, wrote a piece for iMasterArabic about how language, a mother tongue, can be a home, but also a source of power and connection with other cultures.

➡ Read her love letter to the Arabic language here:

#PeopleofPLACE #Diversity #Migration #NewVoices #Inclusion
#MotherTongue #arabic #language
Empowering newcomer women means providing solutions that adapt to their needs and specific situations.💡 This International Women's Day, we look at all the ways we've come up with to do just that and create pathways to more inclusion alongside partners like Tent Partnership for Refugees , École des Ponts Business School or L'Oréal Paris among many others! 🎉

🔎How are you supporting the empowerment of newcomer women? Tell us in the comments!

#diversity #newvoices #newcomers
#innovation #diversityandinclusion #migration #IWD #GenderEquality
#WomensEmpowerment #womansday #womansday2023
🌏 Creating a truly inclusive society requires the whole system to be turned on its head. And each of us can take part.
Jean-Baptiste Pointel, a civil servant working at Est Ensemble who has been taking part of our #EmergingLeaders workshops through @embrace eu to find new paths to newcomers' democratic participation in Europe, is working with PLACE and newcomers to ensure he's doing his!

#ZeroDiscriminationDay #diversity #NewVoices #newcomers #innovation #DiversityAndInclusion #migration
"We need our leaders to be able to empathise with the circumstances of others; to empathise with the next generation that we’re making decisions on behalf of. And if we focus only on being seen to be the strongest, most powerful person in the room, then I think we lose what we’re meant to be here for"

The words of @jacindaardern resonate loud here at PLACE, where we're constantly exploring and experimenting what responsible, diverse, innovative and inclusive leadership is, across all sectors of our societies.

🦾 Get all the data about just how powerful the soft skills of kindness and empathy are here: