President of the Board of Trustees
Marc-Felix Otto is the President 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.
Member of the Board of Trustees
Titus Gebel is the inventor of the Free Private Cities concept, Director at the Free Private Cities Foundation and CEO of TIPOLIS. He is a German entrepreneur with a PhD in international law and an extensive worldwide network. He founded amongst others Frankfurt-listed mining company Deutsche Rohstoff AG, retired as their CEO in 2014 and emigrated with his family to Monaco. With Free Private Cities, he wants to create an entirely new product in the “market of living together”. If successful, it will fast-track knowledge and progress for humanity. Titus has dedicated the rest of his life to making Free Private Cities a reality.
Member of the Board of Trustees
Rahim Taghizadegan is an educational entrepreneur, visionary and one of the last Viennese polymaths. He is the director of scholarium.at in Austria, teaches at universities in Liechtenstein, Austria and Germany, is a best-selling book author and a sought-after public speaker. He will advise Free Private Cities on becoming hubs for world-leading educational innovation, choice and excellence.
Aaron Koenig is an entrepreneur, consultant, writer and film producer, specialized in Bitcoin and Blockchain technology. He has also been a speaker and panelist at numerous conferences and authored several books on the subject. Aaron Koenig will work on strategies to implement cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies into Free Private Cities.
New York, United States
Alexander Kreindler is a financial professional and entrepreneur with a long-standing interest in disruptive and experimental governance models. Alexander is a partner at Kreindler Graf, an investment banking and consulting firm focused on early-stage business advisory and startup-backed investment solutions for the general public. Alexander has an MBA from the University of St. Gallen and a BS in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin.
After completing his apprenticeship as a banker, Alexander studied “Masterconsultant In Finance” at the IOFC in Berlin. He calls himself an “entrepreneur on behalf of smart investors”. For more than 25 years, he has worked directly in the finance industry, of which the last 20 he has proudly spent as a free and independent entrepreneur. With diverse roles as co-founder, consultant, advisor as well as investor, he has built an excellent international network. Currently he provides access to world-wide, hand-picked (real estate) investment opportunities with LUPUS ASSETS.
Chicago, United States
Alex is a financial professional providing mergers and acquisitions advice to healthcare companies. He is a libertarian by nature and is strongly interested in encouraging secession and decentralization as the only practical solution to many political issues. He graduated University of Chicago with Honors in 2016 where he studied economics and finance.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Bruno Carlos is a journalist and the creator of Equipar & Inspirar, a company that adds value to Brazilian leadership through publications, books and training for politicians, leaders and entrepreneurs in the USA and Brazil, among other countries. He has studied at Universidade Gama Filho and Universidade Federal Fluminense, and has a graduation in the USA in “Leadership Development”, by the John Maxwell Co. institute. He is also an Amazon best-seller with experience in public and politics projects and Head of ZeroVinteUm, a project that seeks to bring and develop new leaders with an exclusive method in the seven areas of influence of society, too.
Carlos Pérez Jiménez
Mexico City, Mexico
Carlos is an architect, project manager, urban planner, and real estate business developer who is passionate about cities. He sees in every place and in every situation an unlimited number of possibilities. “Making city” is the combination of knowledge, creativity, management and technology, but above all, it is the product of disruptive observation and reflection. There is no better environment to achieve it than freedom and self-determination. Throughout 25 years of professional development, he has specialized in creation and development multidisciplinary teams for design, management, and project execution.
He believes in the potential and talent of Mexico and Latin America and is committed and excited to contribute to its development.
Dr. Christian Hugo Hoffmann
Dr. Christian Hugo Hoffmann is an AI and FinTech entrepreneur and researcher who serves as co-founder of Syntherion, a B2B risk management software company, as well as senior scientist at the chair of Entrepreneurial Risks at ETH Zurich. Apart from that, he teaches FinTech in the executive program at the University of Liechtenstein, contributes to the startup ecosystem as Startup Grind director in Geneva, and regularly writes pieces on AI in leading magazines and newspapers such as NZZ, Schweizer Monat and Towards Data Science.
Panama City, Panama
Christoph Heuermann, *1900, helps people worldwide to lead a freer life. As an expert in emigration, tax optimization and travel hacking, his own mission is to travel to all countries around the world by the time is he is 30. Christoph is also active as an investor in agriculture, real estate and other areas such as Free Private Cities. He can be reached on his travel blog christoph,today.
Daniel Model (born 1960 in Switzerland) is Chairman and CEO of the Model Group (modelgroup.com), a European supplier of corrugated and folding carton packaging solutions. The early expansion at the beginning of the nineties into the opening countries like Czech Republic and Poland boosted the company’s size to its 15 plants in five countries and more than 4200 employees of today.
Daniel, with Elisabeth, is a resident in Liechtenstein, together they have three grown up children.
He holds a PH.D. in business and economics from the University of St.Gallen and is the founder of a new state on the green field called Avalon to explore the real social question. New answers are needed as the actual ‘social’ welfare state is weakening its citizens.
Having been born in socialist East-Germany, Dirk is uniquely aware of the dangers of postmodern ideologies as well as governmental intervention into the economy and private lives. Due to this, he has been an active participant of the Seasteading and Liberland projects before joining Free Private Cities.
Ekhard Seeßelberg is an IT Professional with a longtime interest in Liberty, Austrian Economics and Bitcoin. He is currently studying Austrian Economics at the Scholarium in Vienna and is co-founder of B2029.org
Francisco Litvay is the Operations Manager at Tipolis Consult. He is a graduated business informatics specialist. After discovering the Startup Societies movement in 2018, he became passionate about innovations in governance and started actively contributing to the field. He also authors the Governance Gauge at the Institute for Competitive Governance.
Frank Karsten is founder of the MoreFreedom Foundation and co-founder of the Mises Institute Netherlands. He is also co-author of Beyond Democracy, Why democracy does not lead to solidarity, prosperity and liberty but to unrest, runaway spending and a tyrannical government, which was translated into over 20 languages.
Hartmut Sieper is a German citizen living in Mauritius as an entrepreneur and business consultant on corporate development in Africa. His vision and mission is to create new businesses in Africa based on technology, to assist global companies in getting access to African markets via Mauritius, and to introduce investors to profitable and sustainable direct investment opportunities. He worked with several private banks as investment advisor, financial analyst, asset manager and investment strategist. Hartmut is the author of several books about investments and capital markets.
Prof. Karl Eckstein
Professor Dr. Karl Eckstein teaches constitutional and administrative law at the Moscow University “MGIMO”. Until recently, he was Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation in Zurich, Switzerland. Previously, he led the project “Economic Reform in Tajikistan” on behalf of the Tajik Government. He is the author of a commentary on the Russian Constitution.
Kurt Hanson is a free city advocate based in Tokyo. He is an angel investor in fintech startups such as Liquid.com. He sees free cities as humanity’s best hope for a better tomorrow and is devoting his life to their realization. He is a member of the Seasteading Institute and aims to build a floating community off the coast of Singapore as a first step to living free on the open ocean. In particular He is an advocate of Spencer MacCallum’s concept of the proprietary community.
Maciek Ziolkowski is an investor in Coinfirm, RSK, KBX, Revolut and Kraken. He was the first person to publicly recognize the success of Bitcoin in public TV in Poland starting in 2013. He is also a Seasteading supporter. His favourite countries are Liechtenstein, San Marino, Monaco, Tuvalu and São Tomé e Príncipe.
Marco Wutzer is a speculator and digital assets expert. He believes in free markets and voluntary interactions between sovereign individuals. This philosophy has made him a global citizen in search of lifestyle and profit opportunities around the globe. As a pioneering investor in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, he is a true expert in blockchain technology. He recently joined his long-time friend Doug Casey at Casey Research in order to share his vision of blockchain technology enabling a truly global and truly free market leading to a Second Renaissance in the 2020s.
Keene, United States
Mark Edge is founder and current Host of Free Talk Live, the #26 talk show in the US, on more than 200 stations.
Cape Town, South Africa
Marthinus Grobler is a South African architect with a particular interest in economics. Through his career he has worked on and investigated many disciplines of the design scale and is mostly concerned with the networks of the city and its manifestations in urban form and culture. Together with various groups, he is developing mechanisms allowing neighbourhoods and cities to evolve as a result of voluntary human actions. This is based on studies into the processes of emergent order found in nature’s distributed systems and the principles of Austrian Economics He is also campaigning for multi-culturalism through political decentralization.
Martin is a lawyer that works with a national and international client base and advises on significant resources and infrastructure projects. With more than 30 years’ experience, Martin has developed a reputation as one of the most effective and sought after energy and resources lawyers in Australia. He has been named a leading Australian Energy and Natural Resources lawyer in Chambers Asia-Pacific in 2012-2015, 2017 and 2018 and ranked in The International Who’s Who of Oil & Gas Lawyers for many years. His lengthy career has seen him advise on the development of legislation, negotiate with governments and regulatory bodies, and in many cases, break new ground in his work on many ‘first-of-its-kind’ projects or agreements.
Basel – Site Development
Martin Durchschlag has broad experience in real estate and site development in the context of growing communities and new cities. Initially trained as an industrial engineer at the Vienna University of Technology he played a key role as CFO in shaping HIAG’s transformation from a timber industry group to a high-profile real estate company. In the role of CEO, he led the way to the IPO in 2014 and developed the company into the largest re-development portfolio in Switzerland by 2019. He is convinced that proactive curation of uses as well as flexibility and adaptability in the design can unleash significant growth potential. He will help develop the locations hosting Free Private Cities.
Michael Strong is a serial education entrepreneur, most recently founding The Academy of Thought and Industry (ATI), a network of Montessori-aligned high schools with campuses in Austin, San Francisco, New York City, and St. Louis. Earlier he created Moreno Valley High School, ranked the 36th best public high school in the U.S.
He is the author of The Habit of Thought: From Socratic Seminars to Socratic Practice and lead author of Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World’s Problems. He introduced the expression “Startup Cities” in a 2013 Voice & Exit talk which has led to a vibrant “Startup Societies” movement around the world. He is also a co-founder of FLOW, Peace through Commerce, Conscious Capitalism, and Radical Social Entrepreneurs. He serves on the boards of Radical Social Entrepreneurs and Social Evolution. Michael writes at Medium and is active on Facebook, where he is the only “Michael Strong” married to the powerful and beautiful Senegalese entrepreneur Magatte Wade.
Dr. Michael J. Ulmer
Frankfurt – Business Law
Michael J. Ulmer is an internationally renowned lawyer. He holds a PhD in law and is a senior partner at Cleary Gottlieb. Michael is an expert in business law, who has worked with a broad range of industries and clients, including international financial and strategic investors. This included the new city project of Masdar in the UAE. His practice focuses on domestic and international private and public M&A transactions, joint ventures, general corporate advice, and private equity transactions. He will support Free Private Cities in becoming international business centers by giving top-notch legal expertise and helping secure international best practices.
Dr. Nobila Ouédraogo
Nobila Ouédraogo is an expert in public health and epidemiology: Doctoral degree in Public Health and Epidemiology from the University of Heidelberg, Field Epidemiology Training Programme (Robert Koch-Institute-Germany / European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control). He has an extensive work experience in the area of health system building, diseases control and prevention in developed as well as in developing countries through various professional activities with well distinguished health institutions in the world. Nobila Ouédraogo will give Free Private Cities advice for regulating public health in all kinds of environments.
Ofer Rotem is a Founding Partner at Collider Ventures and an active Israeli angel investor in blockchain-related startups since 2013. Co-founder of the Israeli Bitcoin Association & the Israeli Blockchain Forum, frequently meeting regulators to promote responsible, innovative, and ideally less regulation, sponsoring hackathons and working with his portfolio companies.
Olivier Roland dropped school to start his first IT company at 19. He’s now a popular author and blogger, having created the most popular Youtube channel about entrepreneurship in French and the bestseller “Tout le monde n’a pas eu la chance de rater ses études”, (with a foreword from the famous French billionaire Xavier Niel). He has been travelling the world for more than 6 months a year since 2011, and now has an extended network of friends all around the globe, and continues to inspire hundred of thousands of people every month.
Pedro Dias is an economist, student of the Austrian School of Economics and an enthusiast of entrepreneurial cities. In 2018, he created the website cidadesempresariais.com as a repository of texts on private governance for the Portuguese speaking public. In the following year, he translated the Free Private Cities book to Portuguese.
Libertarian activist and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Ideias Radicais and an enthusiast of cryptocurrencies.
Since the young age of 18, Richard Banks is an online entrepreneur. Over the years he became more successful and became an investor. With a passion for freedom of thought and action, he is a determined supporter of Free Private Cities.
São Paulo, Brazil
A profound strategic thinker, Rodrigo Quercia is the CEO of the Brazilian conglomerate Grupo SolPanamby, where he led a strong overhaul of the group’s strategic direction into a more focused path of higher value creation, concentrating in real estate development and large land development projects. Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, Quercia experienced first-hand the devastating effects poverty can have. Realizing the causal role that bad governance has in generating impoverishment drove him to focus his efforts on sustainable socioeconomic development through governance reform. Prior to membership on the directorship of Tipolis, Quercia was CFO of NeWAY Capital and Honduras Prospera, and previously worked in the investment banking industry in Hong Kong and Brazil
Sebastian Chalupa-Krebzdak is a Food Scientist with a comprehensive understanding of the many scientific and legal aspects of the food industry. He has developed many different food products, and has improved several different food safety systems for large and small businesses alike. He holds a Masters in Food Science and has experience working in industry, government, and academia. Sebastian will support Free Private Cities by creating cost-effective food safety systems while minimizing barriers to food product and process innovation.
Sebastian is driven in many of his projects by a vision to make our way of life and co-existence more freedom-friendly. As a friend of freedom, he is a crypto enthusiast and investor who is always looking for ways to make the world a better place. He believes that the world becomes a better place when it becomes freer, that is, when it is characterized by voluntary action. Studies in physics, economics and philosophy provided a good foundation for one of his greatest eureka moments. He had this one when he first came to grips with praxeology based on Ludwig von Mises (after the Hamburg Praxeological School). From that moment on, a heart that beats for freedom was joined by a solid theoretical understanding that he always strives to develop further through new insights.
Portsmouth, NH, USA
Scott Forte is a Pilot, Real Estate Developer, Entrepreneur, and Freedom Enthusiast. Scott graduated from the “Harvard of the Sky” Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he earned an undergraduate in Aeronautical Science, with minors in both Business and Law. He went on to earn an MBA with a specialization in Finance. After flying Private Jets and selling charter on a fleet of Falcon 900’s & BBJs, Scott transitioned into Real-Estate Sales & Real-Estate Development. He has used his array skills to help start multiple tech companies. Freedom, Competition, and Meritocracy are political ideals Scott stands for and plans to incorporate in the many Free Private Cities he is working diligently to build.
Sonja Prstec is a lawyer working in various innovative projects with disruptive ideas. She is trying to bridge existing legal frameworks with new emerging technologies and ideas, what she calls “overcoming the legal jetlag”. For the last three years she has been working with Swiss start-ups’ regulatory challenges and legal aspects of Blockchain technology and Blockchain property assets. A strong supporter of Free Private Cities as an alternative governance model, she will use her expertise to deal with regulatory challenges involving cutting-edge technologies.
Tudor is a tech entrepreneur who built and grew dozens of mobility and social apps, enabling more individual liberty. Having lived on several continents, he sees a great need for alternative development models. Tudor believes intentional communities and Bitcoin will shape the 21st century.
You can find our current ambassadors by clicking on the markers at the map or by looking at the list below.
|Cancún, Mexico||[email protected]|
Alexander R. Duerr
|Heidelberg, Germany||[email protected]|
|New York, United States||[email protected]|
|Alexander Voss||Chicago, United States||[email protected]|
|Bruno Carlos||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||[email protected]|
Carlos Pérez Jiménez
|Mexico City, Mexico||[email protected]|
Dr. Christian Hoffmann
|Geneva, Switzerland||[email protected]|
|Panama City, Panama||[email protected]|
|Daniel Model||Triesen, Liechtenstein||[email protected]|
|Mykolaiv, Ukraine||[email protected]|
|Berlin, Germany||[email protected]|
|Linz, Austria||[email protected]|
|Amsterdam, Netherlands||[email protected]|
|Hartmut Sieper||Phoenix, Mauritius||[email protected]|
Dr. Karl Eckstein
|Moscow, Russia||[email protected]|
|Kurt Hanson||Tokyo, Japan||[email protected]|
|Warsaw, Poland||[email protected]|
|Zug, Switzerland||[email protected]|
|Medellín, Colombia||[email protected]|
|Keene, United States||[email protected]|
|Cape Town, South Africa||[email protected]|
|Brisbane, Australia||[email protected]|
|Michael Strong||Austin, United States||[email protected]|
|Tel-Aviv, Israel||[email protected]|
|Dubai, UAE||[email protected]|
|Lagarto, Brazil||[email protected]|
|Vienna, Austria||[email protected]|
|Curitiba, Brazil||[email protected]|
|Richard Banks||Memmingen, Germany||[email protected]|
|Rodrigo Quercia||São Paulo, Brazil||[email protected]|
|Sebastian Chalupa||Toronto, Canada||[email protected]|
|Sebastian Grell||Hamburg, Germany||[email protected]|
We are looking for at least one ambassador in each country to join our team who will propagate the idea and ideally also have contacts in politics. This person would also be the local contact person for interested parties. If you would like to become an ambassador, please check whether you meet the requirements and contact us.
Got questions or proposals?
Email us at [email protected] or fill the Contact Form.
Free Private Cities Foundation
Sub-Foundation to Fondation des Fondateurs