About the Internet Economy Foundation

Foundation Council

Ralph Dommermuth

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

Robert Gentz

Member

... 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.

Dr. Klaus Hommels

Dr. Klaus Hommels

Member

... is founder and Managing Partner 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.

Dr. Paul-Bernhard Kallen

Dr. Paul-Bernhard Kallen

Member

... is CEO of Hubert Burda Media, an international media and publishing group. He has been with Burda since 1996 after spending eight years at the consulting firm McKinsey and Company, where he worked his way up to partner. Three years after joining Burda, Kallen was appointed to the board and was made responsible for building its digital business. He is also Managing Partner of Acton Capital Partners, one of Europe's leading Venture Capital firms.

René Obermann

René Obermann

Member

... 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 Chairman of the Board of Airbus SE and 1&1 IONOS.

Oliver Samwer

Oliver Samwer

Member

... 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.

Advisory Board

Dr. Jeannette zu Fürstenberg

Dr. Jeannette zu Fürstenberg

Member

…is a founding partner of La Famiglia, a pan-European early-stage fund investing in B2B tech companies that enable or reinvent large industries. La Famiglia stands for a network of internationally leading entrepreneurs from different sectors. Since 2013, zu Fürstenberg has been active as a founder, investor, and consultant in the startup scene. She is a member of the advisory boards of several companies and associations.

Christian Miele

Christian Miele

Member

...is a partner at the global VC fund e.ventures. He currently oversees e.ventures’ investments in Coya, Futrli, Leapwork, Paykey, Global Savings Group, Cosi, and Herzsache.
Miele holds a master’s degree from INSEAD and is President of the German Startup Association. He is frequently being quoted as an expert for entrepreneurship and Venture Capital by international media outlets such as Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and Handelsblatt, Germany’s #1 business newspaper. Miele can also be seen as a startup expert on national news channel n-tv.
He was voted among Germany’s “40 under 40” twice by finance magazine Capital.

David Zimmer

David Zimmer

Member

… is one of the most successful founders and entrepreneurs in Germany. He founded inexio, a company bringing fiber-optic internet access to rural areas, and turned the company into a unicorn. After merging with Deutsche Glasfaser, the company is the third-largest in its sector in Germany, only surpassed by Telekom and Vodafone. With his family office Kalodion, David Zimmer invests in, among others, Internet and telecommunications startups. He is the president of the telecommunications association VATM and on the committee of the German Association of Family Entrepreneurs.

Management & Team

Prof. Dr. Friedbert Pflüger

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

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

Felix Styma

Senior Advisor

…has supported the Internet Economy Foundation from its very beginning - initially as Public Policy & Operations Manager and as Advisor with respect to strategic questions today. Felix also serves as a Senior Consultant at Bingmann Pflüger International and as Managing Partner at iconomy.

Jennifer Bode

Jennifer Bode

Director of Policy & Communications

… brings her experience in communications, event planning, and publishing to the IE.F. Jennifer holds a B.A. in English and French from Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Freie Universität Berlin. As a student, she worked in publishing and academia. After graduating, she was an associate editor (Volontärin) at Suhrkamp publishing house. From 2016 to 2020, she completed her PhD at Freie Universität Berlin, and in 2018, she was awarded a Fulbright grant to spend a research semester at Yale University.