Expertise

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

Managing Director

Elissavet Lykogianni, PhD, is the Founding Partner and Managing Director of The Square Dot team. 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 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 understands French at intermediate level.


Nicole Vasiliou

Senior Project Administrator

Nicole is Senior Project Administrator at the Square Dot Team. She has a strong academic background and experience in education and youth policies. She has been actively involved in high-impact European projects including the European Education Area by 2025, the European Universities Initiative, Erasmus+ (2021-27) and the Digital Education Action Plan (2021-27). Before joining the Square Dot Team, Nicole worked at the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission. She had the opportunity to be one of the authors of the ‘Teachers in Europe: Development, Progression and Wellbeing’ report. She was also involved in the design of the questionnaire of the ‘Computer Science Education in Schools across Europe’ report which is still ongoing. In addition to her key responsibilities, Nicole co-authored articles related to education and social policies which have been published on the European Commission’s website and the Commissioner’s for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education & Youth monthly newsletter. She holds a BA in Education from the University of Cyprus (Departmental Award for Excellence, 2016) and an MA in Comparative & International Education from UCL Institute of Education (Distinction, 2017). Nicole speaks Greek and English fluently as well as French at professional working proficiency level.

Satya Dixit

Senior Project Administrator

Satya Dixit is a Senior Project Administrator at the Square Dot Team. She holds a M.Sc. in Economics from KU Leuven, Belgium, and has a strong academic background in economic research and data analysis. Satya is passionate about providing equitable access to education across all levels, and believes that educational equality is a key driver of social mobility. Prior to working at the Square Dot Team, Satya worked at the United Nations and the OECD, where she analyzed data for high-impact reports, provided project management support and co-authored two publications on social and emotional learning.

Satya speaks fluent English and Hindi, and is a beginner in French. 

Carolina Egúsquiza

Researcher and Expert in Education & Skills Training

Carolina Egúsquiza is Researcher and Expert in Education & Skills Training at the Square Dot team. 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. She 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.

Zoi Toliopoulou

Expert in School Education

Zoi Toliopoulou, MScEd, is an Expert in School Education working in the Square Dot team. Her expertise is in contemporary pedagogical and teaching methods and in the development of innovative school curricula for the ‘Modern’ School. Zoi has an extensive teaching experience both in state and private primary/secondary schools (Greece, Luxembourg and Belgium), with a solid knowledge of National, European and International Baccalaureate. Her research interest is the development of critical literacy for adolescent students in multilingual environments. She is certified in Greek as second/foreign language and in adult education. Since 2021 she teaches and has assumed the role of curriculum specialist in the commune Greek language School of Leuven (Belgium).

Zoi speaks Greek and English and she is a beginner in French

 

Satya speaks fluent English and Hindi, and is a beginner in French. 

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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