We believe in a world of new communities of opportunity and choice, thereby inspiring people and providing freedom to create.
TIPOLIS offers new models of living together through innovation in governance, leading to greater opportunity, choice, and freedom.
WHO WE ARE
TIPOLIS Pte. Ltd. is a Singapore-based company committed to becoming the creator, owner and operator of a global portfolio of International Cities, characterized by a high degree of autonomy.
The TIPOLIS team includes experts who have been involved in some of the foremost success stories of value and wealth creation in recent history, such as the world-renowned special zone of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).
We are trailblazing a new model of special zones, unlocking unseen potential in the “market of living together”.
Involvement in External Success Stories
To succeed in the mission of turning the concept of International Cities into reality, strong emphasis on innovation and responsibility is key.
TIPOLIS boasts a highly experienced management team to drive our vision forward and create a prosperous future for locals, investors and host countries alike while building a global network of business opportunities.
The DIFC serves as an inspiration and an excellent example of the kind of innovation envisioned by TIPOLIS.
By creating a common-law zone in the UAE, the DIFC enabled the importing of world-class legal and regulatory institutions. This has turned a physically small jurisdiction into Dubai’s economic powerhouse and transformed the city into one of the world’s most important financial hubs.
Dr. Titus Gebel, now CEO of TIPOLIS, was closely involved in the establishment of the institutional and legal setting within Próspera.
To unlock new ways toward economic development, Honduras enabled the establishment of next-generation autonomous special economic zones, bringing in more than $100 million in new investment and many new job opportunities in just a few years.
The TIPOLIS International City model learns from and builds upon the strengths of this innovative special zone.
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Dr. Titus Gebel
— Chief Executive Officer —
Titus Gebel is an entrepreneur with a PhD in international law and an extensive worldwide network. Amongst others, he co-founded Frankfurt-listed Deutsche Rohstoff and the Canadian nuclear startup Dual Fluid Energy.
Frustrated by the lack of reformability of current systems, he developed the concept of Free Private Cities, an entirely new product in the “market of living together”. In 2018, he published the book “Free Private Cities – Making Governments Compete for You” where he is stating the theoretical and practical groundwork. Furthermore, Titus established the non-profit Free Cities Foundation. The Foundation works with small territories that are adopting liberty-oriented policies to give citizens more choice in the rules that govern their lives. Titus is considered one of the leading figures in the worldwide free cities movement.
As Chief Legal Officer, Dr. Gebel played an important role in the establishment of the most ambitious special zone to date, Próspera, Honduras. He also advised other countries in innovations of Special Economic Zones.
As CEO of TIPOLIS, Titus is now fully focused on trailblazing innovative Special Administrative Region models in the form of International Cities.
Dr. Dr. Andreas Baumgartner
— Chief Strategy Officer —
Dr. Baumgartner, a highly sought-after leader and senior expert, is passionate about economic and social development, having operated at the crossroads of business, politics and law for 25 years. He is inspired by meeting and working with people, building bridges and achieving sustainable impact. He strongly believes in individual freedom, which necessarily comes hand-in-glove with special responsibility.
Actively engaged in politics during his time at the University of Vienna, Austria, he initially joined international law firms group CMS Transnational Legal Services, before spending nine years as a consultant of McKinsey & Company. At McKinsey, Andreas focused on a combination of public sector/economic development and travel/infrastructure/logistics work (including SEZs), driven by his strong desire for impact. This desire led him to join the Office of Tony Blair/Tony Blair Associates, where – among other responsibilities – he was in charge of government advisory (political advice; policy design; public sector delivery; positioning and narrative development; economic development; regulatory strategies), with a particular focus on the Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Subsequently, he moved to the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), as Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution Authority, and started his own company. Functionally, Dr Baumgartner’s focus is on strategy, narrative development, strategic communications and organizational growth, with a sweet spot for legal, regulatory and judicial matters.
Dr. Baumgartner holds two PhDs (in Law, and in Economic and Social Sciences), in conjunction with four Master degrees. He is married and the proud father of three children.
— Chief Financial Officer —
Alex Voss is a board member and the CFO of TIPOLIS, leading the finance department within Tipolis where he is primarily responsible for shareholder relations, capital raising, financing plans and overall financial health of the company. Alex has an extensive background in finance working on corporate restructurings and mergers and acquisitions in the healthcare industry. In this role he advised on tens of billions of dollars of transactions and worked with numerous stakeholders, executives, lawyers, accountants, capital partners and government officials in a number of capacities. Prior to his role in corporate restructurings Alex also worked in Asset Management with Ariel Investments in Chicago where he invested in deep-value stocks.
He gained his expertise in finance through the University of Notre Dame where he graduated Summa Cum Laude, won numerous other awards and graduated top of his class. He also maintains numerous highly valued profession certifications such as Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Financial Risk Management (FRM), Professional Risk Manager (PRM), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA). Alex also has a deep knowledge of economics through his studies at University of Chicago where he graduated with Honors and the Mises Institute where he is finalizing a Master of Austrian Economics with top marks.
Beyond finance and accounting, Mr. Voss has an affinity for Bitcoin, Austrian Economics and Free Cities. He has written extensively on these topics including a column in Escape Artist Insiders magazine and the Free Cities Foundation. He has written and spoken extensively on these ideas around the US and globally.
— Chief Information Officer —
Ekhard Seeßelberg holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg, with a specialization in Information Science. With over 20 years of experience in the IT industry, Ekhard has held diverse roles ranging from systems engineer to consultant and project/change management positions. He worked at Computacenter, where he was accountable for designing and implementing tools, methodologies, and processes that enhanced service management capabilities.
During his tenure as a Service Manager for a corporate customer in France, Ekhard built service activities from the ground up, demonstrating his leadership skills by recruiting a team, forging customer relationships, and establishing a network of partners, through which he succeeded in growing the business to a team of over 150 people.