Board & staff

Hélène Boëthius ALEF Adult Literacy Africa

ALEF's founder and creator of the method has worked with literacy and development for over 30 years, first in Togo with SIL Inernational and then with several agencies like The Swedish Medical Mission and PMU InterLife and as an independent consultant. She has visited literacy project throughout the world. Hélène is responsible for operations and works full time for ALEF.

Lars-Åke Davidsson ALEF

Lars-Åke is self-employed. He is active in support for new business ventures and is involved in a construction project in Vinsta, Stockholm. He has worked business management and with the Stockholm municipality. He is also an educated association developer and has been involved in the  Swedish Hockey Association.

Board member

Hans has previously worked as a youth coach with unaccompanied immigrant youth at a hostel in Stockholm. He now works in social psychiatry. He is a trained psychologist, existential coach and has studied African Studies in Uppsala.


Emelie works at the Folke Bernadotte Academy since 2017 with re-adaptation of former combatants. She grew up in Mozambique and has lived in Africa for 10 years. She worked for two years as regional development coordinator in DR Congo with PMU InterLife. Emelie is a trained teacher and also holds a bachelor's degree in political science and a college degree in theology.

Lena Insulander ALEF
Vice Chair

Lena is a civil engineer and teacher with background in business. She has worked internationally within the Ericsson Group. For two years she lived and worked in Iraq for an Iraqi company. Lena is also active in the Swedish-Kurdish Friendship Association.


Anna-Karin is a teacher. She works with literacy at SFI (Swedish for immigrants) since several years. She has previously taught Swedish, French and Russian in high school. She is very interested in languages, education and literacy. She lived in Kenya for a year and speaks Swahili.

Board member

Inge represents Vällingy Rotary club on the board. He has worked at Vattenfall where he participated in the construction of the Forsmark nuclear power plant 3. For 15 years he worked at Svensk Energi. He has also worked  for Sweden's Technical Attachés located in Washington DC, and was secretary in the Swedish Atomic Forum as well as the Swedish delegation of the World Energy Council.


Suzanne is a business economist and has worked as a project manager in marketing and customer clubs for many years. Since a few years she works as CRM Manager at Bosch Siemens Home Appliances. With roots in Lebanon and Algeria, where she grew up, she is fluent in French. She loves to read, preferably fiction, and once started an online bookstore.

Our staff

ALEF has a board of nine people. Our founder and operations manager Hélène Boëthius, as well as several volunteers who manage different parts of the business, work at our office in Vällingby in west Stockholm. Our accountant Annica Levenrot works from Ekeskog in Moholm.

Operations Manager
Hélène Boëthius

Annica Levenrot

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