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Anne-Laure Fréant

Geographer, researcher, entrepreneur and founder,

BACKGROUND / Academic and professional background :

I have studied human geography in Paris, Montpellier and Montreal. In Canada, I’ve been a research assistant and lecturer in the field of cultural geography, studying the impacts of migration and mobility on identities in cosmopolitan cities. Then I left the academic world to explore an editorial position in a startup called Hopper. Back in France since 2013, I’ve founded a website and community called “Retour en France”, for people coming back from abroad in France to rise and shine with their new cultural identity.

ACHIEVEMENT/ What is the project/initiative/startup/company you will be presenting at the Positive Economy Forum all about ?

“Retour en France” is a community made by multicultural people, for multicultural people returning home after living abroad. We put together social entrepreneurship, human sciences research and digital tools to build the community of people who usually struggle with social isolation, identity crisis and belonging several years after returning. Our goal is to bring all those multipotential and high level profiles together and to provide new paths for them to bring to our world all the innovative potential they carry with them.

LOCATION / In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities ? Our actions are mostly digital for the moment. Our resources and community can be reached from anywhere in the world.

IMPACT / What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental…of the activity, project, initiative, startup, company ?

Our project provides a path for people who like to explore, invent and create, to keep doing so when they return to their home country. We help them meet, build collaborative solutions, empower themselves and bring innovation in our society by becoming entrepreneurs, thought leaders, thinkers and doers.

QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you :

“When nothing is sure, everything is possible”