New European Talent Mobility Forum Facilitates Talent Attraction Management Across Regions

Eight leading European entities in regional talent attraction and retention have formed an alliance dedicated to go above and beyond in welcoming international talent and increasing mobility between regions. Berlin Partner, Bizkaia Talent, Brainport Development, Copenhagen Capacity, Move to Gothenburg, TalentScotland, Turku Business Region and Work in Estonia have all joined forces following an invitation from Nordic based place brand specialist and TPBO Knowledge Partner, Future Place Leadership.


Director of Talent Attraction at Future Place Leadership, Morten King-Grubert: “We have carefully selected what we deem are the public or public/private partnerships, who are both the thought leaders and front-runners in Europe. Their openness to knowledge sharing and collaboration across regions in this exciting place branding and economic development industry is an example to follow.“

The timing may seem a bit odd in the midst of a global pandemic:

  • Why talk about talent attraction and -retention, when our economies are bleeding and it is about survival for many companies?
  • Why talk about mobility when we are isolated?
  • Why talk about international talent and relocation when borders are closed?

The simple reason: we need the best and brightest international talent to create the growth we need to help our economies recover! And we already have global talent living in our regions far away from their own homeland. We need to support them as they are struggling in foreign land with job insecurity, visa challenges related to stimuli package layoffs and social exclusion.

The European Talent Mobility Forum aspires to:

  • positively impact international talent globally;
  • move towards cross-regional talent mobility rather than talent competition;
  • inspire each other and our collaborators around the world with best practices and data;
  • continuously co-create the solutions of tomorrow in international talent attraction and retention in order to implement state of the art initiatives locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

The European Talent Mobility Forum was launched on June 18th, with a live webinar attended by close to 200 government representatives, regional economic development boards, city leaders, global talent, innovation & startup hubs, universities, place branders and place makers from all over the world.

We’ll briefly share key insights from the launch webinar, as well as present some of the members of the Forum.

If you are inspired by our vision to share knowledge across borders and to collaborate rather than compete, please visit Future Place Leadership or connect with Morten King-Grubert for details on how to join.


This article is a contribution by Future Place Leadership, a TPBO Knowledge Partner on talent attraction. More about the company’s research and advisory services here.

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Nordic management consultancy specialising in the development, innovation and marketing of places. We empower places – cities, regions and countries – by providing proven and inspiring strategic advice to attract talent and investments.
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Nordic management consultancy specialising in the development, innovation and marketing of places. We empower places – cities, regions and countries – by providing proven and inspiring strategic advice to attract talent and investments.