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44. Giving Back Opportunity to Refugees Through Remote Work w/ Lorraine Charles, Na'amal


The Digital Economy has brought with it a new reality in which you can now work wherever you are, as long as you have the skills. This has created a lot of opportunities everywhere, but none have the potential to benefit from it as much as refugees, 70% of whom live in countries that have restrictions around their right to work.

To explore the challenges refugees face when seeking work and how remote work can completely change the narrative of employment for refugees, in today’s episode we have Lorraine Charles. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Na'amal, a non-profit organization that provides refugees and other vulnerable populations training in marketable skills required in the global labor market and links them to these jobs.

Tune in to learn all about this amazing organization and how you can be a part of changing the lives of refugees worldwide.

In this episode:

[01:26] Na'amal’s origin and what they’re all about

[04:50] The skills remote employers really look for

[06:33] Remote work and democratized employment in the Digital Economy

[09:08] The Gray Area: legislation and how remote employment for refugees works

[16:28] The local benefits of allowing refugees to do remote work 

[20:31] Dismantling the refugee stereotype through mentorship programs

About Our Guest

Lorraine Charles is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Na'amal and a consultant based in the United Arab Emirates. Her expertise is in political economy, development, education, and refugee issues in the Middle East, which she uses in work to facilitate remote work for refugees and vulnerable populations.

‍Connect with Lorraine Charles

On LinkedIn

Na'amal Website

Resources Mentioned:

Qatalog Work Hub – Find what you need, see who’s working on what, and get updates on where things are at, without the endless stream of emails and pings coming from everywhere. Sign up now at Qatalog.com for a free 30-day trial, for you and your team.

Latest Episodes

March 22, 2022

33. Open-source principles in digital workplaces w/ Niel Miller & Daphnée Laforest

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March 8, 2022

32. Async hiring w/ Willo - Startup Series

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February 22, 2022

31. Culture Operations w/ Ben Gateley, CEO - CharlieHR

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February 8, 2022

30. Transforming work w/ Tracy Hawkins, Twitter

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January 25, 2022

29. New Year, New Expectations w/ Modern Leaders

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December 6, 2021

28. Unlearning the way we work w/ Alastair Simpson, Dropbox

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November 22, 2021

27. Wellbeing over climbing the ladder w/Dominic Price, Atlassian

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November 8, 2021

26. Closing the gender gap with transparent salaries. w/ Jenny Terry, Buffer

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October 25, 2021

25. Hyper-growth while fully-remote w/ Camilla Boyer, Hopin

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October 18, 2021

24. Asynchronous audio meetings w/ YAC

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August 9, 2022

44. Giving Back Opportunity to Refugees Through Remote Work w/ Lorraine Charles, Na'amal


The Digital Economy has brought with it a new reality in which you can now work wherever you are, as long as you have the skills. This has created a lot of opportunities everywhere, but none have the potential to benefit from it as much as refugees, 70% of whom live in countries that have restrictions around their right to work.

To explore the challenges refugees face when seeking work and how remote work can completely change the narrative of employment for refugees, in today’s episode we have Lorraine Charles. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Na'amal, a non-profit organization that provides refugees and other vulnerable populations training in marketable skills required in the global labor market and links them to these jobs.

Tune in to learn all about this amazing organization and how you can be a part of changing the lives of refugees worldwide.

In this episode:

[01:26] Na'amal’s origin and what they’re all about

[04:50] The skills remote employers really look for

[06:33] Remote work and democratized employment in the Digital Economy

[09:08] The Gray Area: legislation and how remote employment for refugees works

[16:28] The local benefits of allowing refugees to do remote work 

[20:31] Dismantling the refugee stereotype through mentorship programs

About Our Guest

Lorraine Charles is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Na'amal and a consultant based in the United Arab Emirates. Her expertise is in political economy, development, education, and refugee issues in the Middle East, which she uses in work to facilitate remote work for refugees and vulnerable populations.

‍Connect with Lorraine Charles

On LinkedIn

Na'amal Website

Resources Mentioned:

Qatalog Work Hub – Find what you need, see who’s working on what, and get updates on where things are at, without the endless stream of emails and pings coming from everywhere. Sign up now at Qatalog.com for a free 30-day trial, for you and your team.

Season

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July 26, 2022

42. Equipping Teams Globally w/ Hofy // Startup Series

The rise of Remote Work is transforming the way companies are hiring. Businesses are no longer hiring talent where their headquarters are, they’re hiring talent where the talent is. This creates the need for companies to deliver a globally consistent employee experience, and to equip all of their employees with the optimal workspace at home, wherever they may be.

Today, we are discovering a new Startup for Remote Work: Hofy.

In this episode, I’ll be chatting with Sami Bouremoum, the CEO of Hofy, about this new reality for businesses and employees, what really matters when setting up a home office, dealing with local regulations, and much more.

In this episode

[02:18] Having a first day at home should be as good as having that first day in the office

[05:21] What really matters in a home office

[09:07] Saving money on equipment for your employees is a false economy

[16:42] The things you need to really  invest in to equip your employees for success

[21:01] The difference between allowing and facilitating remote work

About Our Guest

Sami Bouremoum is the CEO of Hofy. He is a dad and an entrepreneur. His company enables businesses to equip employees from a physical perspective anywhere in the world, giving them a consistent employee experience wherever they are hiring.

Connect with Sami Bouremoum

On LinkedIn

Through email info@hofy.com 

Resources Mentioned

Qatalog Work Hub – Find what you need, see who’s working on what, and get updates on where things are at, without the endless stream of emails and pings coming from everywhere. Sign up now at Qatalog.com for a free 30-day trial, for you and your team.

--- Other resources mentioned in this episode: Hofy.




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July 12, 2022

41. Metaverse at Work w/ Ed Greig, Deloitte Digital

Virtual Reality and the Metaverse is transforming the way we work and interact virtually. Can you imagine sitting down for a virtual meeting, looking to your right, and actually seeing and interacting with the colleague next to you?

I want to talk more about the future of Metaverse and for that, I’m bringing Ed Greig as a guest in today's episode of the Remote First Podcast. Ed is the Chief disruptor at Deloitte Digital UK and we’re going to discuss Metaverse technologies, the opportunities and benefits of the Metaverse, and some of his team's latest experiments working in the Metaverse. 

In this episode:

[01:20] What they do at Deloitte Digital

[04:45] The 4 key areas of Metaverse technologies  

[10:05] Opportunities and benefits of immersive technology

[15:45] How you can experience the Metaverse

[21:22] 3 Solutions Deloitte Digital uses for collaborations and events online

[28:40] Leveraging virtual reality and the Metaverse in remote teams

[34:00] What they’re trying next at Deloitte Digital

Connect with Ed Greig

Linkedin: Ed Greig FRSA

Website: deloittedigital.com

Resources Mentioned:

Qatalog Work Hub – Find what you need, see who’s working on what, and get updates on where things are at, without the endless stream of emails and pings coming from everywhere. Sign up now at Qatalog.com for a free 30-day trial, for you and your team.

--- Other resources mentioned in this episode: Deloitte Digital.

Our Guests

This podcast features interviews with leaders of the industry who will provide insights into a long-term transformation from traditional office work to remote work.

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Darren Murph

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Darren Murph

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Darren Murph

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Darren Murph

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Darren Murph

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Darren Murph

Gitlab

Darren Murph

Elastic

Leah Sutton

Slack

Brian Elliott

Okta

Samantha Fisher

MillerKnoll

Ryan Anderson

Hubspot

Eimear Marrinan

Dropbox

Alastair Simpson

Shopify

Maureen Burke

Gitlab

Darren Murph

Twitter

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Adam Morph — CEO Alfatech

The Host

Daphnée Laforest

Daphnée is a Distributed Workplace Consultant who is on a mission to help executives, people ops and team leaders drive a company-wide shift toward remote-first ways of working. Within 10 years of experience in fully distributed companies, she played key roles in establishing scalable workflows for growth, facilitating business decisions remotely and building internal products dedicated to digital-first teams.

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