About us

Gimara is a solution provider that makes digital employment solutions for working life.
We conduct research on digital employment services and developed in-depth expertise in digital educational models and service, immigrant training to working life and Finnish for special purposes in companies.

We provide services such as Strategy & Organization, Research & Development, Globalization, Operations Management, Integration, Model Designs, Digitalization, Accessible Learning​ Models, ​Work, Language Training and Business Language.

Our vision

Gimara believes that equal, quality & accessible learning belongs to everyone. The education for all irrespective to origin, race, culture and native language. Social inclusion is our passion.

Our team

Marja Ahola
CEO, Learning designer

Marja is the founder and owner of Gimara. She also works as an Areal Research and Development Specialist at Brahea Centre at the University of Turku and does her doctoral studies in Software Engineering at LUT University. Her main areas of interest are interaction and accessibility in online solutions, creative and proactive problem solving, social inclusion and entrepreneurial thinking. She has considerable experience in immigrant integration training, online language teaching (Finnish as second and foreign language for professionals), team building, pedagogy, methodology and new product development. She has a particular passion for producing new types of educational innovations that promote social inclusion and educational equality in the world, especially in third countries. She specializes in producing technological educational innovations for international operating environments. Research is an important part of producing high-quality educational innovation ideas.

Afnan Zafar
Head of development and internationalisation

Afnan works as a Head of Development and Internationalisation at Gimara. He has Post-Doc in Sustainable production and Innovation from Sweden and a PhD in Product Development and Innovations from Finland. He has a Finnish Pedagogical Teaching Qualification from Finland and holds a Bachelor’s degree (PharmD) in Pharmaceutical Science from the University of Punjab, majoring in production. Afnan can take a holistic approach to innovation throughout any product and service development lifecycle. He can understand the market needs and develop a product that the market wants.

Janni Kotilainen, Msc
Learning developer-coordinator

Janni Kotilainen works at Gimara as a learning developer-coordinator and Finnish language teacher. He is responsible for the Finnish language team’s practical arrangements and digital concepts’ promotion. Janni has a master’s degree in information management and has experience in entrepreneurship and service conceptualisation. He is also a user interface designer and business coach, and facilitator. In addition to everything, he has taught Finnish and done humanitarian work, e.g. In Greece, Lebanon and Serbia. Janni speaks Finnish, English and Arabic.

Weiman Sun
Chinese teacher

She has been teaching Mandarin Chinese for over 10 years. Since completing her MA for teaching Chinese as a second language, she has been teaching in universities, secondary schools and language schools in China, Taiwan, Germany and the UK. Besides sharing her own language and culture with the world, she is also passionate about learning other languages. She speaks Mandarin, English, German and she is learning French and Spanish. They have not only helped her in her career, but also open her mind to the wider world. Meeting different cultures and people are the most exciting experiences for her. She has joined Gimara to be part of a forward-thinking concept of language teaching, an educational ethos to which she adheres.

Irina Gorobey, MA
Finnish online teacher

Irina Gorobey  is a qualified Finnish and English language teacher. She speaks also Russian and Ukraine. She has over 10 years experience of teaching languages (Finnish, Russian and English). Irina’s creative approach allows not only to improve the language skills of students, but also to reveal their other abilities. Being an empathic person, she easily adjusts her teaching methods, tools and style to the demands and mood of the audience, in order to enable the effectiveness of a studying process.

Kseniia Afanaseva
Finnish online teacher

Kseniia Afanaseva is experienced trainer-teacher of Finnish and Russian. Kseniia has a strong grip on pedagogical methods and delivering online lectures. She has the ability to prepare interactive materials to engage students to learn the language.

Finnish in Ukrainian teacher

Anna Kilpiö teaches Finnish in Ukrainian at Gimara. She is also a teacher of English and Hebrew as well as philosophy and Jewish history. She speaks Ukrainian and Russian as her mother tongue. She has four years of experience teaching language in Ukraine and she has been as teacher in Finland since 2020. She has also capabilities to do graphic design and marketing related tasks. Anna is a bold and insightful teacher and instantly gets students inspired about their subject. It is always easy to work with Anna and create something new – and think about philosophical questions, too!

Aleksi Sipilä
Swedish and Finnish trainer

Aleksi Sipilä is a Swedish and Finnish as a second and foreign language student. He has completed the teacher’s pedagogical basic studies. He also studies in a bachelor’s program in agricultural economics. He has a passion for learning new and foreign languages, of which he has basic knowledge, such as French and Russian. He works at Gimara as a Swedish and Finnish trainer.