Founder and Chairman
of Network Economy
Stefan founded the Network Economy Group in 1995, making him the company's Chairman and CEO. With more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, eight years in the renewable energy sector, he now works in the field of organic and biodynamic agriculture.
Based on these experiences, Stefan came to the conclusion that he wanted to advocate for more important and essential issues: seeds and the resulting healthy foods. Life begins with seeds and these are the seeds that are increasingly lacking in the world of technology. Seeds that are influenced by people's positive spirit become cultural seeds.
In close cooperation with Demeter International and as a member of the German biodynamic breeding association Kultursaat e.V., he took on the challenge of setting up an initiative for plant breeding and seed propagation for southern Europe and the Mediterranean region, starting from Portugal. Living Seeds Sementes Vivas SA was established in July 2015 together with a founding team.
During his tenure at Network Economy, he has developed more than 20 companies over the past 20 years with an approximate average investment duration of five to seven years. Trade sales have been very successful with a multiple equity factor. The everyday business models always aimed to replicate local models.
His previous experience includes serving as Managing Director of Metropolitan Fiber Systems Communications in Germany, where Stefan successfully built the first local loop access carrier in competition with Deutsche Telekom. Stefan was also Business Development Manager at British Telecom, where he was responsible for acquisitions and strategic alliances for BT Europe.
Network Economy Partner
Dr. Ralf Trottnow
Ralf is a business development specialist with extensive experience in implementing business concepts and founding companies. He has worked in the finance, telecommunications and utilities sectors for over 30 years and has been a partner in the network industry since 1999. He has always held various management positions.
Ralf began his career in 1975 as a management consultant, where he provided advice on corporate restructuring, company reorganization and start-ups. Before joining Network Economy, Ralf was Managing Director of a telecom consultancy, advising clients on business strategy and execution.
Ralf holds a PhD in Mathematics from Imperial College London and a Masters in Mathematics and Physics from Freie Universität Berlin.
Network Economy Partner
Dr. Georg Brann
Georg has more than 20 years of international management experience in the areas of operations, project management, strategy and business development. He is a specialist in setting up and optimizing organisations, processes and tools at benchmark level.
His responsibilities were mainly in the telecommunications sector, where he led and implemented service organizations and M&A projects. He spent some years of his life in China.
Georg has been a partner of Network Economy since 2009, developing new business opportunities in Asia and also implementing project management in Europe for various projects.
Before joining Network Economy, Georg held senior sales, operations and strategy positions at Siemens and Nokia Siemens Networks, where he gained extensive experience in international collaborations, particularly in China, while leading large multicultural teams and organizations.
Georg received his doctorate in physics from the TU Braunschweig, where he also had a teaching assistantship.
Years of experience
Million investment volume
Network Economy – When more than capital is required for success