Walter Keller

Mr. Walter Keller is a founding member of Asia Foundation (Asienstiftung) and former member of executive board.

He holds a degree in Business Management and has studied Anthropology. He is fluent in German, English and Spanish and is able to converse in Sinhalese and Tamil. Mr. Keller has garnered extensive working experience in countries such as Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and East Timor. Offering his services as a team leader, he has undertaken assignments at the Diyanilla Technical Institute, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education in Sri Lanka. He served as a team leader for the GTZ supported Performance Improvement Project (PIP) and GTZ supported Capacity Building for Implementing Authorities (CAP). Mr. Keller was the Secretary General of South-Asia-Bureau Dortmund/Bonn and editor of “Südasien,” a bi-monthly magazine on South Asian political, economic and cultural affairs. He was a freelance journalist reporting on South and Southeast Asia for German language papers (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) as well as for WDR radio/Cologne and has partaken in regular exposure tours of journalists on behalf of Connecting Worlds, Cologne to Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh. Mr. Keller has also co-authored and been the editor of various books, such as on water issues in Asia, refugees, conflict and peace and has held several photographic exhibitions under the themes of Water Problems in South Asia, Islam in Asia, 20 Years of Conflict in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh – seen with the eyes of a foreigner, the Eco-Taxi – history of the cycle rickshaws in Asia, Vietnam “Impressions” and “When the Peacock Dances,” impressions on Sri Lanka.