Our Team

Veronica Gelfgren – Director

A language entrepreneur since 1999, Veronica has worked as an executive language teacher of Swedish, English, and Finnish for corporate clients for over 20 years. Veronica has taught languages in over 100 institutes, corporations, and NGOs in Helsinki and Stockholm. She has developed proprietary customized needs-based language training and specializes in language material creation of which thousands of pages have been published online at Scribd.com and other educational websites. Veronica has coordinated and partnered in over 40 domestic and EU language/integration-related projects, served as a content developer, developed the Vårdsvenska health care portal in Swedish and several language phone apps. In addition, she maintains the proprietary development of web portal www.thelanguagemenu.com, the most extensive multi-lingual (teacher tools) web portal for language material creation on the Internet. She has also performed as an external evaluator for the TOI project MirrorMirror 2013-2015. Veronica speaks Swedish, English, and Finnish.


Marja-Liisa Helenius – Translation coordinator

Marja-Liisa holds a Master’s Degree in English Philology from University of Helsinki, incl. subject teacher studies in English and French. She has over 10 years’ experience of translations for companies and universities, several years of English teaching experience in adult education as well as experience as international project secretary and project contributor for EU projects. Currently a translator, project contributor and translation coordinator at Learnmera Oy and Secretary of the Board of Learning for Integration ry, an NGO promoting language learning and integration of immigrants. She has well-established contacts with many international organisations in Helsinki. Marja-Liisa has worked extensively with material creation and research for several EU projects dealing with languages and immigration within Learnmera and LFI. She has been organising Cafe Lingua language events since 2004, promoted on Facebook and social media (8,000+ people in FB group). Marja-Liisa speaks Finnish, English, German and French.

Akanksha Maurya – Programmer

Akanksha holds a Master’s degree in Computer Applications and Information Technology from Gujarat University, India. She has more than 7 years of experience in different frontend and backend technologies. She currently works as a web developer and as a coordinator for mobile app development at Learnmera Oy and as a JavaScript Consultant at Klevu Oy. Akanksha is responsible for the development and maintenance of the web portal www.thelanguagemenu.com. She has also worked on dissemination/project info sites, including info4migrant, CV-Plus, thelanguagevoices and various other projects here at Learnmera Oy. Akanksha speaks English, Hindi and Gujarati.


Naomi Palmer – Project Coordinator

Has a BSc degree in Marketing and New Media. Naomi previously worked marketing and product management positions. Now working for Learnmera completing administration, research and content creating. Previous work includes creating websites and social media content, content creation and product management. She speaks English.

Susanne Ehn – Project Coordinator, Human Resources

Has an education in HR and has been working within the HR field since 1991. She has worked within both private and public sector in different positions. The last six years she was working as an HR Manager for a multinational company. She speaks English and Swedish.

Lesley Champion – Project Coordinator

Lesley has worked in various sectors some of which include hotel and travel, golf and leisure, finance, real estate and private health care. Lesley’s roles have involved acting as Personal Assistant to CEO’s and Senior Management, as well as owning her own businesses. She speaks English.



Eveliina Kauhanen – Project Coordinator

Holds a Master’s degree in Adult Education from University of Helsinki including sociological studies in Paris Descartes University. Now working for Learnmera completing administration, research and organizing meetings and trainings in Finland. She has previously worked on projects such as Future Learning Finland (Business Finland) and she has worked for four different startups, incl. health care and EdTech sector. She speaks Finnish, English and French.


Sofia Nunes Mexia – Project Admin / Researcher and content creator

Sofia has an education in business administration and management, and from an early age she started to work for herself. She managed a company with 24 optical stores in Portugal where she belonged to the company’s management staff. Later she opened her own business where she stayed until the end of 2019. She is the main administrator and content creator. She speaks Portuguese, English, and Spanish.


Julia Heubuch – Project Coordinator, Graphic Designer

Studied Graphic Design in Germany for 3 years, where she gained background knowledge in UX Design, creating both print and online media content. Julia works on SEO, social media and website design for Learnmera, as well as Project Management and content creation. Speaks English and German.