Our Team - Titus Gebel

Titus Gebel

President & CEO

Titus Gebel is founder, President & CEO of Free Private Cities Inc. 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.

Many distinguished experts convinced by the idea, have offered their support and have become advisors of Free Private Cities Inc.


Francisco Litvay

Executive Assistant

Francisco Litvay is the Executive Assistant at Free Private Cities Inc and a Business Informatics student living in Austria. 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.


Jan Bertram

Head of Marketing

Jan Bertram is Head of Marketing at Free Private Cities Inc and Tipolis Consult. He studied social sciences at the University of Cologne. His passion for political theory led him to the Students for Liberty; he also worked for a member of the German Bundestag.


Oliver Porter

Sandy Springs – City Management

Oliver Porter, former Vice President of AT&T, created and implemented the public-private partnership government model for Sandy Springs, a city of 100,000 people near Atlanta, Georgia. He has served as the principal advisor for many other new cities and for cities considering the conversion to the Sandy Springs – model, both in the United States and Japan. He has authored several books on this subject. Oliver Porter will help find the right structure and the right subcontractors for operating a Free Private City.

Dr. Patrik Schumacher

London – City planning and design

Patrik Schumacher is principal of London-based Zaha Hadid Architects. He has a track record of highly esteemed and award-winning projects. He is teaching at various architectural schools in Europe and the US including Harvard University. He has been involved in several master plan projects worldwide, including Singapore One North. His contribution to the discourse of contemporary architecture includes the concept of market based urban order. He will give support for the planning and design of Free Private Cities.

Patri Friedman

San José – Governance

Patri Friedman, former Software Engineer at Google with a master’s in computer science, is an entrepreneur and political theorist for competitive governance. With financial support from Peter Thiel, the founder of Paypal, he founded The Seasteading Institute, a non-profit seeking to establish floating autonomous communities at sea. He also worked with and founded other startups, including Future Cities Development, which had the first MOU to create a free private city in 2012. Today he consults with projects and investors around the world working to develop innovation zones.

Rahim Taghizadegan

Vienna – Education

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.

Annette Heinisch

Hamburg – Legal System

Annette Heinisch is a German lawyer, specialized in consulting small and medium sized enterprises. Her long-time experience makes her knowledgeable about running successful businesses. Her advice is also frequently sought after by politics. For Free Private Cities, she has developed a legal operating system based on German Civil Law.

Prof. Tom W. Bell

Orange – Special Jurisdictions

Tom W. Bell is an internationally well-known expert on Special Economic Zones and private governance. He’s authored several works, such as “Your Next Government” and has been a law professor at Chapman University, Fowler School of Law since 1998. Tom also serves as an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, is the director of the Institute for Competitive Governance and the creator of the Ulex Open Source Legal System. He will help Free Private Cities find and apply world-class law and governance standards.

Dr. Nobila Ouédraogo

Heidelberg – Health

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.

Sonja Prstec

Zug – Startups and Technology

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.

Aaron Koenig

Cancún – Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain

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.

Dr. Marc-Felix Otto

Zürich – Energy

Marc-Felix Otto is a Partner at The Advisory House, a leading management consultancy to the European energy industry.  He manages projects with major and medium-sized European utilities. Prior to joining the company, he was employed by McKinsey for many years. His vast expertise runs from strategic and financial problem-solving along the industrial value chain to transformation and restructuring projects. He will support Free Private Cities in setting up an efficient and modern energy system.

Penda Cissé

Monaco – Entrepreneurship

Penda Cissé has operated businesses in Germany, Senegal and Monaco. She has given advice to many young people who wanted to become entrepreneurs, both in developed and developing countries. Penda knows about the necessary framework to let entrepreneurs flourish and will advise Free Private Cities on creating an entrepreneur-friendly environment.

Dr. Martin Böltau

Rottweil – Science

Martin Böltau holds a doctorate degree in physics. He spent 20 years evaluating new technologies for both private and government authorities. He is also an expert in testing the scientific basis of new processes and theories. Martin will support Free Private Cities in finding new applicable technologies and testing the scientific credibility of proposed regulation.


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 Email
Aaron Koenig
Cancún, Mexico [email protected]
Alexander Kreindler
New York, United States [email protected]
Annette Heinisch
Hamburg, Germany [email protected]
Dr. Christian Hoffmann
Geneva, Switzerland [email protected]
Christoph Heuermann
Panama City, Panama [email protected]
Dirk Wagner
Mykolaiv, Ukraine [email protected]
Ekhard Seeßelberg
Berlin, Germany [email protected]
Frank Karsten
Amsterdam, Netherlands [email protected]
Kai Lehmann Marbella, Spain [email protected]
Dr. Karl Eckstein
Moscow, Russia [email protected]
Kurt Hanson Tokyo, Japan [email protected]
Maciek Ziolkowski
Warsaw, Poland [email protected]
Marco Wutzer
Medellín, Colombia [email protected]
Mark Edge
Keene, United States [email protected]
Marthinus Grobler
Cape Town, South Africa [email protected]
Martin Klapper
Brisbane, Australia [email protected]
Pedro Dias
Lagarto, Brazil [email protected]
Rahim Taghizadegan
Vienna, Austria [email protected]
Rodrigo Quercia São Paulo, Brazil [email protected]
Sebastian Chalupa Toronto, Canada [email protected]
Sebastian Grell London, United Kingdom [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.


Interested candidates must support the principles underlying the foundation of private cities, of self-determination and competitive governance.


Interested candidates must be knowledgeable of the book content. Being versed in the literature of Special Economic Zones and self-governance concepts is a plus.


Interested candidates must have the ability to answer the usual questions (FAQs). Experience with public speaking is a plus.


Interested candidates should be multipliers with a strong network of investors, experts, politicians, and entrepreneurs.


Got questions or proposals?

Email us at [email protected] or fill the Contact Form.


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