Dr. Elissavet Lykogianni
Founding Partner and Managing Director
Elissavet Lykogianni, PhD, is the Founding Partner and Managing Director of Connectus. 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.
Business Development Manager
Marievi Gretsi is Senior Project Manager at Connectus. 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. She 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. She 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.
Assistant Project Manager
Marilia Skentou is Assistant Project Manager at Connectus. She is experienced in IT and Support related project, from Administration of Software Support and continuously learning new technologies.
She participates on EU-funded projects focusing on education migration, women’s rights and AI & Technologies within the European Union.
She holds a College Diploma in Intensive Unit Nursing from I.IEK Ippokratios College of Athens. She is a native Greek speaker, fluent in English and Spanish.
Assistant Project Manager
Eleni Pappa is Assistant Project Manager. She has a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Crete. She has attended several seminars on Human Resources management, Digital Marketing tools and Entrepreneurship. In University she has participated in many classes and seminars regarding adult education and upskilling, the labor market mechanism, and the EU institutions.
Her extensive work experience in tourism industry, sales and customer service has given her the opportunity to cultivate skills such as communication, prioritizing and organizational skills. She is a native Greek speaker, fluent in English.
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