The Foundation's bodies
The founders and the internal bodies
of the foundation

The founders

In 2002, the founders, Inge and Dr. Manfred Epp, founded the

URBIS FOUNDATION Stiftung für Umwelt- und internationale Solidarität,

to help save our world and resources for future generations. Especially the emerging climate change is seen as a threat to humankind. Fostering the use and spread of renewable energies is an opportunity to avert this threat. The children of the founders, Bärbel, Christian und Kathrin, support the objectives of the foundation and contribute actively to their implementation. It is the wish of the founders, that the foundation be characterised and steered by the members of the Family Epp. In addition, it is their explicit desire to include individuals into the organisation, who display great expertise and experience regarding the foundation's goals, to lay a broad and profesional groundwork for the foundation's work.

Dr. Manfred Epp works as auditor/tax consultant and is economically active in a variety of sectors. In the frame of the foundation, Dr. Epp holds the position as Chairman of the Foundation Council.

Mrs Inge Epp studied business administration and was active as managing director of different family businesses for many years. For the URBIS FOUNDATION she holds the position of Chairman of the Board.

The founders and their family

Further bodies of the foundation are:

Bärbel Epp, Chairman of the Board
Bärbel Epp studied physics and is working internationally in the field of solar thermal technology via her consulting company Solrico. Her professional experience is an important contribution to the foundation's activities to promote solar energy.

Bärbel Faber, Treasurer
Mrs Faber has been working for more than 30 years for the companies of the Family Epp in the commercial department. Mrs Faber is responsible for the commercial administration of the foundation.

Horst Buchmann, Foundation Council
Horst Buchmann has more than 40 years experience in development cooperation. He is initiatior and Chairman of the Board for the association "Kinderrechte Afrika" (Children's Rights Africa). For his charitable commitment he has been honored with the Federal Cross of Merit.

Dr. Christian Epp, Foundation Council
Dr. Christian Epp has been working as a consultant for applications to EU funds for many years. He is in charge of the family businesses.  His professional expertise is a valuable support to the administration of the foundation's assets and their profitable investment.

Matthias Schmidt, Foundation Council
Matthias Schmidt is an independent auditor/tax consultant. Due to his professional experience he monitors and consults the foundation on economic matters, especially regarding the foreign activities of the foundation.

Kathrin Weiß, Foundation Council
Kathrin Weiß works for the government of Brandenburg in the department of international relations. Kathrin Weiß has been responsible for the maintenance of good relationships with eastern European countries. Subsequently, she and her husband Martin are responsible for the foundation's activities in eastern Europe.



The council members: Kathrin Weiß, Dr. Christian Epp, Matthias Schmidt, Bärbel Faber, Dr. Manfred Epp, Horst Buchmann
Engaging in discussions: Bärbel Epp, Martin Weiß, Horst Buchmann


At least two times per year, strategic meetings are held including all bodies of our foundation.