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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
Board member

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.

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Board member

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.

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Bertil has experience from work in the Riksdag, interest organizations and companies where he, among other things, worked as an investigator, information manager, HR manager and executive coach.

He lives with his wife Anna in Bromma.

Bertil has followed ALEF since its inception in 2010 and gave us the idea for our successful greeting card.

Lena Islander 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.

Board member

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 Pierre ALEF
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.

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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.


Isa-Lei is a passionate and driven expert with many years of experience in international aid and humanitarian work. She has worked for a number of aid actors, such as international Caritas, Sida, the Swedish Mission Council, Novamedia Sweden AB and others. Currently, Isa-Lei works as a consultant, where she assists with services for organizations that work with social sustainability, humanitarian and long-term development assistance. 

Our staff

Hélène Boëthius, Operations Manager, Ebba Mörk, Project Manager and Adam Bott, Educational Consultant, work at our office in Stockholm. Our Informant Emelie Efraimsson and our Accountant Annica Levenrot both work remotely from Västergötland.

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Operations Manager
Hélène Boethius
Project Manager
Ebba Mörk
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Educational Consultant
Adam Bott
Annica Levenrot

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