Board & staff
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 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.
Elisabeth is a journalist, author and lecturer. Since 2007 she has worked as chief editor, publisher, editorial and opinion editor of the Christian newspaper Dagen. She has previously been a financial journalist at Svenska Dagbladet and editor- in- chief of Kyrkans Tidning. She is the author of the book Affected by the Unexpected.
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 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.
Karin is the founder of the company Tuff Leadership Training, which operates in Sweden and abroad and whose overall goal is community development. She has developed the dialogue and leadership methods used in the business. Karin has also started fifteen smaller companies in various industries, been CEO of some of them and has two external board assignments.
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.
Adam has a bachelor's degree in development and international collaboration from Södertörn University. In the autumn of 2020, he practiced at ALEF, and gained a good insight into the business. Adam has roots in Togo, and after the internship he visited ALEF's project in Togo and did a small study of the effects of the study groups. He has also previously been involved in a local development organization in Togo.
Lena is a midwife with a master's degree in care pedagogy. She works at Huddinge Hospital. Lena has worked internationally, among other things, to train school nurses in Somalia and with care issues in Tanzania. She is involved in social work i.a. with language training among vulnerable women in Fittja and as responsible for a language café.
ALEF has a board of nine people. Hélène Boëthius, founder and operations manager, Ebba Holmström, project manager, as well as an intern and a couple of volunteers work at our office in Vällingby in western Stockholm. Our accountant Annica Levenrot works remotely from Ekeskog in Moholm.