Valia Kalaitzi, PhD, is a researcher and lecturer at the Department of International Health, Care and Public Health Research Institute (CAPHRI), Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University, Netherlands with educational background on International Management (MSc) (UK) and on Ancient Greek Literature (BSc) (GR). Her research focuses on barriers to gender equality. Her aim is to create a body of work that contributes to deepening knowledge of barriers to gender equality and policies and toolkits to address them effectively for social cohesion and change. Her research is reflected in several publications including articles published in peer reviewed journals, in academic teaching and lectures, professional and international bodies and conferences papers. She serves as an Expert Evaluator on H2020 program and as a consultant in gender equality and women’s empowerment programs. She has taught on gender equality best practices within the framework of EU funded projects. She enjoys membership in EUPHA, Foundation of King Jan Kazimierz (Poland), UN Women Organization, Women in Global Health, 50plus Hellas (GR) and AGE Platform (EU).