Andrea Frank was born in Cologne, Germany in 1972. She studied regional sciences of North America, political sciences, sociology and German as a foreign language at the University of Bonn and at Mount Holyoke College (USA). She worked as a lecturer of the Robert Bosch Foundation at the University of Pécs, Hungary between 1999 and 2000.
Between 2000-2006 she worked for the German Rectors’ Conference in Bonn and Berlin on issues in national and international higher education policy. Among other things she was responsible for higher education projects in South Eastern Europe (Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo), worked for the international department (focus on North America and developing countries) and developed projects in support of the national study reform (“Bologna-Process”).
Since 2006 she is head of programmes for Research and Dialogue Science and Society in the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (joint initiative of German industry for the promotion of Science and Humanities).