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 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 writes the Governance Gauge at the Institute for Competitive Governance.
Head of Marketing
Jan Bertram is the Head of Marketing at Tipolis. He’s a social scientist with a bachelor’s degree at the University of Cologne. Having already worked at the German Parliament and been a Students for Liberty member, Jan has a keen interest for political theory.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We are looking for at least one ambassador in each country who will propagate the idea and ideally also have contacts in politics. This person would also be the local contact person for interested parties. You can find our current ambassadors by clicking on the markers at the map above. If you would like to become an ambassador, please contact us.
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