Rahim Taghizadegan


Rahim Taghizadegan is the last Austrian economist of the Austrian School in the direct tradition and has been teaching at universities in Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, and Germany.

As one of the last Viennese polymaths, he is also a physicist (specialization in nuclear physics and complex systems), philosopher, investor and entrepreneur.

He has written more than a dozen books, some of them best-sellers, and is the founder of the private university Scholarium in Vienna, where the Austrian School is kept alive in its original interdisciplinary form of the Hayek- and Mises-Circles.

Rahim Taghizadegan was one of the first academic economists to understand and analyze the monetary nature of Bitcoin. He is originally from Iran, but has grown up in Austria and studied in Switzerland and the US.

Titus Gebel

Advisory Board Member

Dr Titus Gebel is the inventor of the Free Private Cities concept and CEO of TIPOLIS Corporation.

He is a serial entrepreneur with a doctorate in law who has founded a number of companies, including multinational energy and resources group Deutsche Rohstoff AG. In 2015, Titus resigned as CEO of Deutsche Rohstoff to devote himself entirely to his new project: Free Private Cities.

Titus wants to create an entirely new product in the “market of living together” which aims to fast-track economic and societal progress. His new enterprise, TIPOLIS, focusses on the practical side of Free Private Cities implementation by partnering commercially with trade zones and city authorities around the world.

In his book, Free Private Cities: Making Governments Compete For You, Titus discusses the principles of Free Private Cities as well as issues involved in their practical implementation.

Marc-Felix Otto

Advisory Board Member

Marc-Felix Otto is a member of the Advisory Board for the Free Private Cities Foundation, having supported the idea of contract-based government for over 20 years and authored scientific articles on the topic of coercion together with Rahim.

He is a Partner at The Advisory House, a leading management consultancy to the energy industry in S/A/G.

Marc holds a PhD in Physics and lives with his wife and two sons in Switzerland.

Peter Young

Managing Director

Peter is the managing director of the Free Private Cities Foundation. He leads the operational management of the foundation, with oversight over project delivery, communications and finance

Peter is interested in the Austrian School of Economics and bitcoin, and has partnered with businesses operating in these fields, including Austrian wealth management firm Incrementum AG, online Austrian Economics learning platform Saifedean.com and bitcoin technology company Blockstream.

Before joining the Free Private Cities Foundation, Peter spent most of his career based in Beijing supporting trade links between the UK and China.

William Markus

Director of Development

William Markus is a management consultant, entrepreneur and digital nomad. As a consultant he implemented numerous Enterprise Performance Management solutions in various companies and industries. Now he uses his experience aligning stakeholders in implementation projects to support the development of the Free Private City ecosystem. He aims to bring together projects, experts, supporters, and investors.

Throughout his undertakings, William noticed the impact that good and bad regulations have on businesses and people. He believes that combining global best practices in Free Private Cities is the best way to reduce poverty and maximize freedom.

Marcelo Soruco

Executive Assistant

Marcelo is pursuing a Bachelors in Law and is currently a state coordinator for Students for Liberty Brazil.

Since 2020, he has been an Executive Assistant at Free Private Cities.


The Free Private Cities Foundation has ambassadors around the world. Ambassadors act as local contacts. You can find our current ambassadors by clicking on the markers at the map or by looking at the list below.

Ambassadors List

Name Location
Aaron Koenig Cancún, Mexico
Alexander R. Duerr Heidelberg, Germany
Alexander Kreindler New York, United States
Alexander Voss Chicago, United States
Benno Büeler Windhoek, Namibia
Bruno Carlos Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Camilo de León Buenos Aires, Argentina
Carlo Besenius Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Carlos Pérez Jiménez Mexico City, Mexico
Dr. Christian Hoffmann Geneva, Switzerland
Christoph Heuermann Panama City, Panama
Daniel Model Triesen, Liechtenstein
Dirk Wagner Mykolaiv, Ukraine
Ekhard Seeßelberg Berlin, Germany
Francisco Litvay Linz, Austria
Frank Karsten Amsterdam, Netherlands
Frederik Roeder Talinn, Estonia
Hartmut Sieper Phoenix, Mauritius
Jan-Olav Spiekermann Denmark
Joe Quirk Panama City, Panama
Joyce Brand San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Dr. Karl Eckstein Moscow, Russia
Kurt Hanson Tokyo, Japan
Leon Siegmund Valetta, Malta
Maciek Ziolkowski Warsaw, Poland
Marco Wutzer Medellín, Colombia
Marthinus Grobler Cape Town, South Africa
Martin Durchschlag Basel, Switzerland
Martin Klapper Brisbane, Australia
Matthias Gertz Döbeln, Germany
Michael J. Ulmer Frankfurt, Germany
Michael Strong Austin, United States
Moritz Wietersheim Salzburg, Austria
Nobila Ouédraogo Heidelberg, Germany
Nour Bou Malhab Beirut, Lebanon
Ofer Rotem Tel-Aviv, Israel
Olivier Roland Dubai, UAE
Patrik Schumacher London, UK
Pedro Dias Lagarto, Brazil
Raphaël Lima Curitiba, Brazil
Rodrigo Quercia São Paulo, Brazil
Scott Forte Portsmouth, USA
Sebastian Chalupa Toronto, Canada
Sebastian Grell Hamburg, Germany
Sonja Prstec Zug, Switzerland

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