MONNETA is a centre of excellence and network of experts that concentrates on sustainable financial economy, social economy and complementary currency systems and communicates knowledge of alternatives to the current money system and financial economy. MONNETA’s Associates share the conviction that there are better alternatives and that a variety of money systems would be better for people, economy and nature than just one.

A list our founding members who are deceased or not active any more can be found here.



Ralf Becker, born 1966, is a graduate in Business Administration and Economic Science of Wilhelms University, Münster in Westfalen (1987-1993). He won a scholarship from the fund for gifted students of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation to finance his studies.

As co-founder of the debt forgiveness campaign and former advisor for the study “Sustainable Germany” he has been studying the international finance markets since the insolvency of Mexico in 1982. He was a contributor to the Club of Rome report ‘Finance and Sustainability: The Missing Link’ (2012).

Ralf Becker has a wide knowledge of various monetary systems and their potential for implementation, which he brings to his role as longterm coordinator of the Advisory Board of Regiogeld e.V. (an umbrella body for regional currencies in Germany). As a social entrepreneur he gives talks on the subjects of sustainable monetary and financial architecture and has lectured at universities and academies in seven European countries.

Ralf Becker may be reached here: (at)

Leander Bindewald holds a PhD in economics from the University of Lancaster, UK, and master degrees in neurobiology (2007) and philosophy (2009) from the University of Freiburg, Germany. For the past ten year he has worked on the topic of currency diversity as a consultant and advocate in various countries in Europe, Asia and North America.

From 2012 to 2015 he worked as senior reseacher at the New Economics Foundation, an independent Think Tank for a post-growth economy and sustainable economic systems in London and was the project manager for its EU-supported project “Community Currencies in Action” (CCIA).

Since then he had worked as an independent collaborator for MONNETA.

More on his personal website:

Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Brodbeck (born 1948) is an economist, engineer, business ethicist, philosopher and creativity researcher. He was Professor of Economics, Statistics and Creative Technology at the Technical University of Würzburg and at the Technical University for Politics in Munich. He has published many books and articles on economics, financial science, money, philosophy and creativity. Beyond this he is a well-known Buddhist who argues for a fundamental shift in the values of business and society towards business with ethics.

A selection of his main writings in German language:

  • Die Herrschaft des Geldes – Geschichte und Systematik 2. Auflage Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft (WBG), Darmstadt 2012
  • Die fragwürdigen Grundlagen der Ökonomie – Eine philosophische Kritik der moderenen Wirtschaftswissenschaften 5. Auflage WBG, Darmstadt 2011
  • Buddhistische Wirtschaftsethik. Eine vergleichende Einführung. 2. Auflage Verlag Steinrich, Berlin 2011

Karl-Heinz Brodbeck has been interviewed by the media many times and gives talks, which can be found on Vimeo.

Web Links: Video Talk by Karl-Heinz Brodbeck at the Money Summit of the GLS Bank Foundation on 01.05.2014: „Wie Geld unser Denken bestimmt und verändert“

Video: Banken- Wirtschaftskrise aus buddhistischer Sicht:

Video: Geld: Die große Illusion

Website of Karl-Heinz Brodbeck   Karl-Heinz Brodbeck lives in Munich and may be reached at this address: Brodbeck(at)

Stefan Brunnhuber is an economist, psychiatrist, a member of the Club of Rome and senator of the European Academy of Sciences. He is the medical director of the Diakonie-Klinik of Intergrative Psychatry in Dresden and Professor for Psychology and Sustainability at the University of Mittweida in Germany.

More information and contact details can be found at

Philipp Degens is reseacher at the faculty of social sciences at Hamburg university. He studied history, sociology and ehtnology and economics at the Universtiy of Colon.
For his doctoral thesis, he researched assigned meaning and use of regional currencies like the Brixton Pound, Stroud Pound (both in the UK) and the Vorarlbergtaler (Austria). Apart from the sociology of money his academic expertise spans cooperatives, civil society and third sector economics and the debates and options for societal transformantion and sustainability.

More about his person and his contact details can be found on his personal profile at the University of Hamburg.

Heinz-Ulrich Eisner (born 1964) has had a varied career as an art therapist, a carpenter, a complementary therapist and Certified Rolfer®. He lives with his partner and son in an intentional community in Kassel, „Villa Locomuna” (, which they helped co-found. He is currently a freelance body therapist and co-owner of the firm TrackCase.

Since the beginning of the 1990s, he has been concerned with the topic of money. He is a co-initiator of the regional currency BürgerBlüte in Kassel ( and campaigns for new approaches to the creation of a sustainable money system. One of his innovative ideas is the ‘Kubik’, a ‘water-backed’ complementary currency based on local water supplies.

Heinz-Ulrich Eisner may be contacted here: hueisner (at)

Christian Gelleri, age 35, has substantially influenced the spread of regional currencies in Germany through his leadership of the regional currency Chiemgauer in Bavaria. He is a trained teacher of business studies and economics. At the beginning of 2003, whilst working as a teacher of economics at the Waldorf School in Chiemgau he co-initiated the Chiemgauer with six students. Today the Chiemgauer is the best-known regional currency in Germany with by far the highest currency circulation. As a founder member of the German Regional Currencies Association he has developed a broad knowledge of regional currencies. Gelleri has received awards from the Tutzinger Foundation for Environmental Education and the Bad Boll Foundation for Money and Land Reform.

Christian Gelleri is also business manager of the cooperative Regios eG, through which he has further developed Chiemgauer from a solely note-based currency to include electronic payments (e-Chiemgauer). E-Chiemgauer began in 2007 and is financially supported by the German Ministry for Consumer Protection, Nutrition and Agriculture. Since then it has become ever more important for daily business between local businesses.

Christian Gelleri can be reached here: info (at)

Dr. Hugo Godschalk is a native of the Netherlands (born 1957), who studied economics at the University of Münster/Westfalen (1974-1979). This was followed by five years of economic research which led to his doctorate in 1982 on the future of finance in the computer age. In 1984, he began working for the GZS Society for Payment Systems mbH (Eurocard), first as a researcher on the EFTPOS pilot projects for the German credit card industry and later as manager of the business department in the Controlling section for Eurocard, eurocheque and the development of payment systems. From 1990 to 1993 he also worked as Senior Consultant in the area of payment systems and electronic banking for the consulting firm Ordina (Deutschland) GmbH. Since 1993, he has led the PaySys Consultancy GmbH in Frankfurt am Main. He has also been a managing director of the European Group EPCA (European Payments Consulting Association) since 2000. He has written many expert reports, including – together with RA Klaus Hardraht -the complementary currency report for the bank Sparkasse Delitzsch-Eilenburg and is author of the books:

  • „Die geldlose Wirtschaft. Vom Tempeltausch zum Barter-Club”, Ökonomie Alternativen 1, Basis-Verlag, Berlin 1986
  • With Dieter Suhr “Optimale Liquidität”, Fritz Knapp Verlag, Frankfurt 1986.

Hugo Godschalk can be reached here: hgodschalk(at)

Prof. Dr. Silja Graupe is Professor of Economics and Philosophy at the Cusanus Hochschule, an innovative new educational institution in the Mosel area, and is a member of its Governing Board. She studied business engineering at the Technical University Berlin and at the Sophia University in Tokyo, writing her economics doctorate with a critical review of the economic mainstream from the point of view of modern Japanese philosophy. She was a researcher at the University of Cologne, the Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, the Catholic University in Washington D.C. and the University of Hawai’i, before she became Professor of Economics and Philosophy from 2009 to 2014 at the Alanus Technical University for Art and Society.

Dr. Graupe’s research interests include the critique and reformation of economics, alternatives to the economisation of living environments, the philosophy of money, intercultural and Japanese philosophy as well as economic education. At the Cusanus Hochschule she is responsible for the Masters Program “Economy and Society”, which is being offered by the Küser Academy for European Intellectual History until the course becomes officially recognised. In addition, she is involved in designing two Bachelor courses (“Economy and Company Formation” and “Philosophy and Company Formation”). All courses emphasise reflection and research into money and its meaning for science and society.

Most of Dr. Graupe’s publications are available here:

Silja Graupe can be reached here: silja.graupe(at)

Dr. Eva-Maria Hubert is an economist who researches economic history, monetary theories, monetary policy and complementary currencies and economic forms. She is currently developing the ‘middle way’ for economy and society in the 21st century. She is married with two adult children.


  • Sozialtechnik Geld und Währungsmorphologie, in: Zeitschrift für Sozialökonomie, 172, Februar 2012.
  • Wirtschaften mit gedrosselten Wachstumsmotoren: Die Soziale Plastik als Zukunftsentwurf von Joseph Beuys, in: Dorothée Deimann, Simon Mugier (Hrsg.): Schöpfungskraft Wirtschaft, Basel, edition gesowip, März 2011.
  • Wirtschaften mit gedrosselten Wachstumsmotoren: Die Soziale Plastik als Zukunftsentwurf von Joseph Beuys, Zeitschrift für Sozialökonomie, 166, November 2010.
  • Benoît B. Mandelbrot und Richard L. Hudson: Fraktale und Finanzen – Märkte zwischen Risiko, Rendite und Ruin, Zeitschrift für Sozialökonomie, 164, April 2010.
  • Zinsfunktionen und das Problem doppelter Inkonsistenz, Zeitschrift für Sozialökonomie, 160, April 2009.
  • Joachim Bauer: Prinzip Menschlichkeit – Warum wir von Natur aus kooperieren, Zeitschrift für Sozialökonomie, 158, Oktober 2008.
  • Marktversagen, Verschwendung und bürgerschaftliches Engagement: Versuch zur ökonomischen Begründung von Regionalgeld, Zeitschrift für Sozialökonomie, 152, April 2007.
  • Tauschringe und Marktwirtschaft: Eine ökonomische Analyse lokaler Komplementärökonomien, Berlin, Duncker & Humblot, 2004.
  • Struktur öffentlicher Finanzen in Württemberg-Baden von 1945 bis 1952, St. Katharinen, Scripta Mercaturae, 1998.Eva-Maria Hubert may be reached here: em.hubert(at)