Our Team

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 has studied and developed educatonal courses on the Austrian School of Economics and sees the development of Free Cities as the most practical means of implementing Austrian ideals in practice.

Before joining the Free Private Cities Foundation, Peter spent most of his career based in Beijing supporting trade links between the UK and China, with a focus on smart city technology.

Jan Bertram

Director of Operations

Jan is the Director of Operations for the Free Private Cities Foundation. Jan is passionate about advancing liberty in his lifetime and envisions special zone jurisdictions as the biggest opportunity to move forward. He manages daily operations and leads the Foundation’s projects.

Bjorna Hoxhallari

Administrative Assistant

Bjorna has 7 years’ experience working in both the public and private sectors. Her skills include management consulting, team building, professional development, and project management. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and is an active member of the libertarian community.

Juan D. Estevez

Operations Assistant

Juan D. studies political science at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. Born and raised in socialist Bolivia, he currently lives in Germany, where he co-founded and chairs the Frankfurt Students for Liberty. He is Campus Ambassador of the Foundation for Economic Education and Young Affiliate at the Network for Constitutional Economics and Social Philosophy.

Joyce Brand

Writer

Joyce is a writer and editor. She is co-author of the book Economics and the Spiritual Life of Free Men, and the intellectual heir of philosophers Spencer Heath and Spencer Heath MacCallum. She lives in the ZEDE Ciudad Morazán in Honduras, a prototype Free Private City based on the ideas of the two Spencers.

Hynek Fencl

Research Lead

Hynek has a degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Cambridge and a background in media and journalism as a writer. His interests encompass political-economic aspects of Free Cities as well as urbanism. At the Foundation, he leads research into free communities around the world.

Titus Gebel

Foundation Council President

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.

Marc-Felix Otto

Foundation Council Member

Marc-Felix Otto is a Foundation Council Member of 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.

Olivier Kessler

Foundation Council Member

Olivier Kessler is an economist, publicist and director of the Liberal Institute in Zurich. Previously, he worked for several public affairs, media and finance companies. Olivier studied International Affairs & Governance at the University of St. Gallen.

In 2017-18 he led the campaign for the liberal “No Billag” initiative in Switzerland as the president of the association for the abolition of compulsory media tax. He is a member of the Friedrich A. von Hayek Society and the jury for the Roland Baader Award.

Olivier is co-author of the book “64 Klischees der Politik: Klarsicht ohne rosarote Brille” (2020) and author and co-editor of several books.

Rahim Taghizadegan

Chief Economist

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. He is originally from Iran, but has grown up in Austria and studied in Switzerland and the US.

Alex Voss

Senior Advisor

Alex is a Senior Advisor of the Free Private Cities Foundation. He has a background in investment banking and joined Titus Gebel as the CFO of TIPOLIS Corporation from its beginning.

Alex lives in Chicago and is working to expand the ideas of the Foundation to the Americas. He studied economics and finance at University of Chicago and Notre Dame and holds the CFA Charter. More recently Alex has formalized his study of Austrian Economics under the tutelage of the Mises Institute.

Ambassadors

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
Andrew Howard Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Benno Büeler Windhoek, Namibia
Bruno Carlos Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Carl Rodrigues London, UK
Camilo de León Buenos Aires, Argentina
Carlo Besenius Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Carlos Pérez Jiménez Mexico City, Mexico
Cesare Martins Lagos, Nigeria
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
Kosi Adjasi Accra, Ghana
Kurt Hanson Tokyo, Japan
Leon Siegmund Valetta, Malta
Maciek Ziolkowski Warsaw, Poland
Magatte Wade Dakar, Senegal
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 Thailand
Olivier Roland Dubai, UAE
Patrik Schumacher London, UK
Pedro Dias Lagarto, Brazil
Rafael Badziag Dubai, UAE
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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Address

Free Private Cities Foundation
Stiftungsfonds der Fondation des Fondateurs
Breitingerstrasse 35
8002 Zürich
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