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.
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 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
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
|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|
|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|
|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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