About the Internet Economy Foundation

Foundation Council

Ralph Dommermuth

Chairman of the Foundation Board

... founded the company 1&1 in 1988 and guided it through its initial public offering and introduction into the stock market in 1998. By that time it had become the first internet company to be introduced on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. In 2000 1&1 was rebranded to United Internet AG, now comprised of brands such as GMX, WEB.DE, Versatel, Fasthosts, arsys, home.pl, InternetX, United Domains, affilinet und Sedo. Furthermore, United Internet AG is the main shareholder of Drillisch and Tele Columbus.

Robert Gentz


... is co-founder and board member at Zalando SE and represents Zalando online, one of the biggest e-commerce platforms in Europe. The Berlin-based company Zalando SE was successfully introduced into the stock market in 2015.

Kolja Hebenstreit


… is an Internet entrepreneur and investor. He currently sits on the supervisory board at Delivery Hero and is an advisor at Point Nine Capital –both companies that he co-founded. He started his first business at the age of 18 and since then has been involved in companies like brands4friends, StudiVZ, Gründerszene and Fyber.

Dr. Klaus Hommels


... is founder of Lakestar and one of Europe’s leading business angels with investments in some of the largest European and worldwide internet companies such as Skype, Facebook, king.com, Xing, airbnb and Spotify. Klaus started his career at Bertelsmann and later held various leading positions at AOL and Benchmark Capital.

René Obermann


... from 2006 until 2013 he was the CEO of Deutsche Telekom. Today he holds positions as Partner and Managing Director at the private equity company Warburg Pincus. His areas of responsibility include technology, media, and telecommunication. He is also a board member of ThyssenKrupp AG, E.ON SE and until recently the music streaming service Spotify SA.

Oliver Samwer


... founder and CEO at the listed company Rocket Internet SE. The start-up-factory was founded in 2007 and builds and invests in international and highly scalable internet companies. Rocket Internet employs more than 36.000 people worldwide in 110 countries.

Management & Team

Prof. Dr. Friedbert Pflüger

IE.F Chairman

… is Chairman of the Internet Economy Foundation. He has worked in leading positions in politics, administration, the private sector and academia for over three decades. He is founder and CEO of Pflüger International GmbH in Berlin and senior advisor at Roland Berger. In 2009 he became Honorary Professor for International Relations at Kings College London, where he leads the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS).

Clark Parsons

IE.F Managing Director

… heads the Internet Economy Foundation as Managing Director. Formerly working as a journalist, business consultant and country manager at an international IT-sales network, the American has lived in Berlin since 1998. He co-founded VoIP telephony company Vortel GmbH and was long-standing Managing Director at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership.

Felix Styma

Public Policy & Operations Manager

…has supported the Internet Economy Foundation with its strategic and organizational activities from its very beginning. Felix studied European Studies at Maastricht University and SciencesPo Lille and obtained his M.A. in Public Policy and Management at the University of Potsdam. After that he worked in various positions among others at the International Olympic Committee, a developmental NGO and as a Consultant at Pflüger International.