The Square Dot team specialises in the policy fields of social inclusion, migration, VET and skills development. We develop research and provide policy advice with the view to enrich public policy with tailor-made, innovative and socially responsible solutions in the areas of:

Meet the team

Dr. Elissavet Lykogianni

Founding Partner & Managing Director

Elissavet has extensive expertise in the policy domains of Research & Innovation, Digital market and Employment, Skills, Migration, Education and Social affairs. With her research background (PhD in Applied Economics), she has led numerous projects involving large, multi-disciplinary and international research teams of Universities and Research institutes and possesses a very strong network of researchers in the academic sector in Europe. 

During the past 15 years she has built considerable expertise in the coordination of policy-related studies and the management of international consortia for a variety of (framework) contracts for DG Research, DG Education, DG Competition, Cedefop, DG Connect, among other, such as the EC Multiple Framework Service Contract for Expert Support with the Production and Analysis of R&D Policy Indicators, Horizon projects and Grants in the areas of Migration and Inclusion, as well as studies in the areas of Employment, Education and Skills, Cultural Heritage, Digital policies, R&D and Innovation policies. 

Elissavet speaks fluently English, Dutch and Greek and understand French at intermediate level.

Zoi Toliopoulou

School Education Expert

Her expertise is in contemporary language teaching approaches, in pedagogical methods and in the development of innovative school curricula for the ‘Modern’ School. 

Zoi has an extensive work experience in tutoring as well as in teaching in state and private schools (both primary and secondary, in Greece, Luxembourg and Belgium), with a solid knowledge of the syllabus and the exams of National, European and International Baccalaureate. Her specific research interest centers on communicative teaching approach, especially on the development of critical literacy for adolescent students in multilingual school environments. 

She is certified in Greek as second/foreign language and in adult education. Since 2021 she teaches in the commune Greek language School of Leuven (Belgium) where she has also assumed the role of curriculum specialist. Zoi speaks Greek and English.  

Marievi Gretsi

Senior Project Manager

She has an extensive experience in project management of national, international and EU-funded projects focusing on education, tailored-made trainings and skills development for young unemployed, entrepreneurs and socially vulnerable groups. As a mentor, certified by the University of Ghent, she has informed young people in Greece about career opportunities in the Blue Economy in the framework of Blue Generation project funded by EEA and Norway Grants. 

Marievi volunteered in the implementation of the Prince’s Trust International and the Mellon – Skills Accelerator programme in Greece aimed at integrating young people into the labour market. Significant experience in the field of communication and organisation was gained as a Customer Service Specialist and as an Assistant Phychologist in psychological support for young teenagers. 

Marievi holds a BA in International, European and Regional Studies from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences of Athens. She is a native Greek speaker, fluent in English and French. 

Carolina Egúsquiza

Research and Education Expert

Her academic background is in Educational Sciences, Language and Intercultural Communication, and Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship.She has 15 years of international experience in Higher Education and Research in Peru, the USA, Belgium and the Netherlands. Working with an interdisciplinary team, she has designed a learning track with a focus on Skills Development Training and Career Guidance for university students of the Rotterdam Business School in the Netherlands. The aim has been to equip students with the right competences and attitudes to adapt to international career contexts in our ever-changing labor force and to boost employability in complex and uncertain times. 

Carolina continues to have a coordinating role and teaches a variety of skills courses at higher education level in combination with her role at the Square Dot team. Finally, she has co-founded social projects in Peru and Belgium to promote female empowerment and the use of sustainable, innovative materials in the textile and clothing industry. 

She truly believes in the power of education to change societies. She speaks English, Dutch and Spanish fluently as well as French at beginner’s level.  

Jasee M.Thamby

Expert in Communications

Jasee is an Expert in Communications at the Square Dot Team. She holds more than 24 years of experience in strategic communication, stakeholders’ engagement, brand marketing, project management and sponsorship events. During her time working in the agriculture industry in Malaysia, Jasee worked closely with the Members of the European Parliament on matters pertaining to environment, sustainability and policies through outreach programs. In Belgium, prior to joining Square Dot Team, Jasee has worked with reputable companies namely GlaxoSmithKlien (GSK) on innovation campaign, Tenneco Automotive Europe on change management and Caobisco Europe on EU food industry funded projects. Given her vast experience working with international stakeholders, she has led numerous successful projects in various multicultural settings. Jasee uses her strength in communication to integrate with targeted audiences towards achieving a successful project outcome. She is a proactive professional with global perspective.

She holds a BBA (Hons) Marketing from Mara University of Technology Malaysia and MBA in International Management from UIBS Brussels Business School.

Jasee speaks fluent English, Malay, Tamil, Dutch (near intermediate) and French (near intermediate) level.

Work with us

Research analyst
The Square Dot team, Leuven

Our portfolio of research projects includes a wide-range of grants and policy projects for the European Commission. To support our growth, we are looking for a Research Analyst who will be part of our research team and work with organizations all over Europe in policy projects of an EU-wide interest. Our research and work covers policy areas with a strong focus on addressing societal challenges and contributing to make the EU a better place to live and work in. The policy areas where our projects are implemented include:

We work in an international environment with a wide range of EU and non-EU partners based in Europe with whom we cooperate in Research and Policy projects. Our team members, therefore, are part of a wide and inspiring network of EU policy advice organizations working for EU-funded research. Our work includes desk research, qualitative and quantitative analysis, reporting, organization of live and online events for project promotion, dissemination activities of project events, coordination and administration of project results and tasks.

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