Sabab Lou Team

Together with our local partners our small team coordinates and implements extensive agricultural projects in The Gambia and Ghana’s North East Region. Our strength: a profound knowledge of the project regions and local agriculture, a strong partnership with the local organizations and the common conviction, that ownership and education will lead to success. As our name says: Sabab Lou “what you need to do in order to reach your goals”.


Our Core Team

Aditi Axer, Online Communication

Aditi Axer, born 1988, has been supporting our foundation as a volunteer for many years. In September 2020 she joined our team and together with Edith Lanfer she is responsible for the online communication of the foundation. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree in International Business she joined KPMG in 2013 where she works as a Global Mobility consultant.

Martina Herzog, Finance and Administration 

Martina Herzog, born in 1964, is responsible for all financial and administrative aspects of the foundation. After completing an apprenticeship in banking, she obtained her degree in Business Administration and continued to work as an asset manager at a private bank in Stuttgart for 25 years. 

Edith Lanfer, Education and Capacity development
Edith Lanfer, born 1957, has been part of the foundation since its beginning. Her expertise: Capacity development and the educational program of the foundation. Together with Aditi Axer she is responsible for the communication of the foundation and author of many blogposts. 


Executive Board 

Thomas Bögelein, Member of the board

Thomas Bögelein, born in 1954, joined the newly formed board of the foundation in October 2020. Mr. Bögelein worked in the Ministry of Finance of Baden-Württemberg for more than 40 years after completing his training as a graduate financial economist (FH). After holding various positions in specialist departments of the budget department, he was responsible in a leading position for reorganization and IT projects. From 2007 to 2020 he was head of the organization department of the Ministry of Finance. Since April 2020 Thomas Bögelein has been retired (retired ministerial councillor).

Dr. Friedrich Keller-Bauer, Chairman of the board and Managing Director

Friedrich Keller-Bauer, born 1949, is founder of the foundation and chairman of the board. After studying Literature and Philosophy, he was managing director of a SME-company until the mid-90s, and afterwards worked for himself in the advertising industry.

Linda Spahlinger, Member of the board

Linda Spahlinger, born in 1961. After studying business administration, Ms. Spahlinger held various operational and strategic management positions with international focus at Daimler AG. In 2000, she moved to a management consultancy firm with a focus on sales as managing director. Since 2014, Ms. Spahlinger has managed the operative business of a medium-sized financial services company.

Advisory Board

Klaus Fischer, Member of the Board
Mitglied des Stiftungsrats: Klaus Fischer ©Sabab Lou
Klaus Fischer, born 1980, joined Sabab Lou as a member of the Advisory Board in April 2017. With over 20 years experience in Banking sector, Klaus Fischer builds upon a strong network of people. After having worked at a large bank for 15 years, he has been working in wealth management at PICTET & CIE for the last six years. 

Dr. Steffen Schniepp, Chairman of the Board

Born in 1976, Steffen joined the foundation as a new member of the Advisory Board of Sabab Lou at the beginning of 2015. We’re happy to have him! Steffen brings a considerable amount of experience and expertise with him. He is a lawyer and has worked as partner for several international companies over many years. Since 2014, he has been a partner at PwC and is responsible for the area of M&A/Private Equity in Stuttgart.

Achim von Heynitz, Member of the Board

Achim, born in 1944, has been a member of the Advisory Board of Sabab Lou since the foundation’s inception and has not only contributed immensely to its concept and strategy, but also to its everyday tasks. After having studied Economics, Achim was for many years a political and economic advisor with various think tanks, has served at the German Foreign Ministry at the time of German unification, and from 1991 to 1997 at the EBRD during its setup. After it from 1997 until 2006 he has been working as Budget Department Director at the World Bank. Since 2006, Achim has worked as an independent consultant for various international and UN institutions such as the World Bank, the FAO, ILO, IFAD, and the AfDB, as well as with countries such as India, Nigeria and Nepal. He is an associate professor at the University of Geneva and is a board member at several institutions.