Dr Regina Frank

Job: Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 257 7371

E: regina.frank@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://www.dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

Dr Regina Frank is Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Leicester Castle Business School, De Montfort University (DMU), where she enjoys fostering critical thinking and entrepreneurial mindsets and skills of students of all levels (from UG to PG and Exec Ed), all the while encouraging activism in relation  to global sustainability matters and UN SDGs.

Regina has a distinctively international educational and professional background, having lived and worked in Portugal, Brazil, Switzerland, France and the UK. Her multicultural work experience encompasses both academic and commercial worlds, in a variety of contexts.

Prior to joining DMU, Regina worked for over a decade at triple-accredited business and management schools, such as Loughborough University (Loughborough, London, and Singapore) and ESCP-EAP European School of Management (now ESCP Europe) in London and Oxford, as well as in industry and HEIs abroad.

In academia, Regina has always particularly enjoyed interdisciplinary work. Today, her primary research interests include social innovation and entrepreneurship for poverty alleviation, for and with marginalised communities, and in emerging markets; and education for sustainable development. Current projects range from critical perspectives on entrepreneurship (research) to art and entrepreneurship for social inclusion.

In the past, her dual exposure to corporate finance and strategic management led to her interdisciplinary PhD research on ‘Synergy valuation in bank mergers’. Subsequently, her work focused on high growth venture creation in the context of commercialisation of university science and research, and cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship education, for which she was awarded EU and US funding as Principal Investigator, while collaborating with a number of US American and Portuguese universities.

Regina’s interest in applied research originates from her experience outside academia: Prior to returning to academia full-time, Regina worked in corporate finance and strategic advisory. At Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, UBS and Investcorp, her projects ranged from financial modelling of MBOs, valuations of cross-border acquisitions, to the management of a multi-billion dollar project in Brazil. Regina further consulted on business start-ups and family firms, and participated in the UK launch of Citigroup focusing on new models of financial education.

Outside work, music has been a long-lived passion and source of inspiration in Regina’s life. Looking ahead – in entrepreneurial spirit – she plans to exploit synergies between music and management theory and practice. 

Additional roles at DMU:

  • University Advisor of Enactus DMU
  • Employability Lead (for Enterprise Subject Group)
  • Member of 'Education for Sustainable Development Forum' ('ESD Forum').

My source of energy: http://lpc.org.uk/

Summary:  Researcher, educator and business adviser experienced in international and interdisciplinary settings. Fluent in German, Portuguese, English and French.

Research group affiliations

The Centre for Urban Research on Austerity (CURA)

The Centre for Enterprise and Innovation (CEI)

Research interests/expertise

  • Social entrepreneurship and social innovation for & with marginalised communities
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation in emerging economies
  • Arts for social inclusion
  • Cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship education
  • Financial services and financial education at the 'Bottom of the Pyramid'​

Areas of teaching

Entrepreneurship-related courses (UG, PG and Exec Ed), Research Methods, Strategy, Banking


Dr. rer. pol., European MSc in International Management (UK HE degree), Diplôme de Grande École (French HE degree), Diplom-Kauffrau (German HE degree, MSc equiv.), FHEA.

Courses taught

Curriculum design and delivery: Social entrepreneurship and innovation (EMBA, Exec Ed), Business Creation and Innovation (PG), Research Methods (PG), Social innovation and entrepreneurship (UG final yr), Dissertation supervision (UG and PG).

Additional courses taught: Introduction to Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (UG Yr 1), Art of Selling and Negotiation (UG Yr 2), Creative Management and Marketing (UG Yr 3), Creative Perspectives in Leadership (UG Yr 3).

Prior teaching experience, including curriculum design: Corporate strategy (PG), Corporate finance (PG), Banking (UG first to final year), Business Planning (UG final year), Managing Innovation (MBA), Mergers & acquisitions (Exec Ed).

Membership of professional associations and societies

Chartered Management Institute (CMI),
Higher Education Academy (HEA);

Academy of Management (AoM),
Africa Academy of Management (AfAM),
British Academy of Management (BAM),
Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE),
Förderkreis Gründungs-Forschung e.V. (FGV),

London Philharmonic Choir (LPC).

Previous work experience

  • New venture creation/high tech commercialisation
  • Financial services in emerging markets
  • Synergy valuation
  • Bank mergers & acquisitions
  • Company valuation

PhD supervision

Regina has successfully supervised two PhDs to completion (on: social entrepreneurship; antecedents of homophily/diversity on corporate boards).

She is keen to hear from prospective PhD research students who are interested in the fields of social innovation and entrepreneurship, social inclusion, and education for sustainable development.