Walter Keller was one of the founders of the Asia Foundation and a former member of its board of directors. Mr. Keller has worked in many South Asian and Asian countries, such as Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and East Timor.

As a team leader for the Diyanilla Technical Institute, he has worked on several projects with the Sri Lankan Ministry of Education. Mr. Keller served as a team leader for the GTZ supported Performance Improvement Project (PIP) and Capacity Building for Implementing Authorities Project (CAP).

As a consultant journalist, he has reported on South and Southeast Asia for German language papers in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, as well as for WDR radio/Cologne. He has been frequently selected for media exposure tours for journalists on behalf of Connecting Worlds, from Cologne to Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India and Bangladesh. Mr. Keller was the Secretary General of the South-Asia Bureau in Dortmund/Bonn and editor of “Südasien,” a bimonthly magazine on South Asian political, economic and cultural affairs. He has co-authored and edited various books covering topics on water issues in Asia, refugees, and conflict and peace resolution. He 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.

He can speak Sinhala and Tamil and is fluent in German, English, and Spanish. He holds a degree in business management and has studied anthropology.

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