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Frances Pinter

address: 1 Belsize Avenue London NW3 4BL UK
07740 434 499 
email: frances@pinter.org.uk

Career Summary

2019 to date Senior Research Fellow, SCHOOL OF ADVANCED STUDY, University of London

2018 to date Research Associate, LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS

2016 to date Founder and Director, KU RESEARCH


2012-2016 Founder and Director, KNOWLEDGE UNLATCHED


2008-2011 Publisher, BLOOMSBURY ACADEMIC

2006-2012  LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS – Visiting Fellow

2002-2006 INTERNATIONAL HOUSE TRUST – Chief Executive Officer                         
A world leader in language education.

2002-2002 EIFL.net (Electronic Information for Libraries) – Interim CEO
World’s largest library consortium dedicated to the delivery of e-content to 50 countries.

2000-2001 LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS – Visiting Fellow, Centre for Civil Society

1994-2000 SOROS FOUNDATION (now Open Society Foundations) – Director, International Publishing
Facilitated the development of the independent publishing sector in 30 post-communist countries. Conceived, initiated and project managed dozens of programmes including numerous e-publishing and consortium building projects. Founded the CEU Press.       

1973-1994 PINTER PUBLISHERS Founder and Managing Director
Established Pinter Publishers Ltd. at the age of 23. Became a leading mid-sized Social Science publishing house including imprints Belhaven Press and Leicester University Press.

1976-1979 OXFORD UNIVERSITY, Centre for Criminological Research – Research Officer

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University College London PhD in International Relations

London School of Economics Junior Year Abroad, General Course Student

New York University BA with Honours in Political Science
Also numerous short courses (at MBA level) in management, finance and accounting

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Other Information

UK and US Citizen Languages: German, Hungarian, Intermediate French

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Selected Achievements

Established Knowledge Unlatched CIC that promotes sustainable Open Access fot scholarly publications knowledgeunlatched.org.

2008-2011: Established Bloomsbury Academic, where she promoted new business models for the digital era.

International House Trust (2002-2006) Put into place a new management structure and worked with the trustees to re-organise the governance structure. Merged four trusts into one. Purchased a new building for the London School and secured an £18 million loan.

EIFL [Electronic Information for Libraries] (2002)
Conceived a new business model while at Soros whereby transition and developing countries purchased access to e-journals through consortia on a country-wide site license basis at substantially reduced prices.  Launched EIFL in 1999 as a Soros Foundation/Open Society Institute project that initially brought access to 3500 e-journals in over 2000 libraries in 40 countries. The US Library Journal called it ‘one of the most exciting initiatives in the library world’. In 2002, as acting CEO transformed EIFL into an independent foundation registered in the Netherlands with headquarters in Rome. (For further details see eifl.net)

London School of Economics (2000-2001)
On editorial Board of Global Civil Society: A Yearbook published by OUP. Wrote and published peer-reviewed articles in this field.

Soros Foundation/Open Society Institute (1994-2000)
Became a major force in facilitating the development of the new independent publishing sectors in 30 post communist countries. As a member of the Soros senior management team represented the organisation at ministerial levels and at meetings with international organisations.  Areas of activity included:

  • Set up the Centre for Publishing Development in Budapest serving the post-communist region where activities included establishing trade bodies, providing advisors on publishing legislation & copyright, establishing new publishing and bookselling training centres – creating loan programmes for publishers and trained participating banks. Enabled new ISBN agencies to be created in the new CIS countries and promoted the establishment of Books in Print facilities in numerous countries.
  • Founded the Translation Project, which through competitive tendering created partnerships with hundreds of publishers producing thousands of titles. This is now an independent foundation called Next Page.
  • Established an Electronic Publishing Development Programme in 1996 that worked closely with the European Commission and ultimately unlocked over $100 million to the benefit of joint East-West projects.
  • Founded Krugesvet.ru, now the leading online encyclopaedia in the Russian language.
  • Set up a new library supply company selling to 5500 libraries across Russia and the CIS.
  • Established an online database with comprehensive comparative information on publishing laws from 30 transition countries.
  • Organised a multi-donor project for the reprinting of three million textbooks for schools just after the war in Kosovo.

Pinter Publishers (1973-1994) Founded academic publishing company at the age of 23 with only £1000 of capital. Subsequently developed the company to become an acknowledged leader in the social sciences, taking risks with new ideas and new approaches in a number of disciplines. By the early eighties established a list in the area of the social and economic impact of new technology.

In 1986 launched Belhaven Press – an imprint devoted entirely to environmental studies, and in 1987 bought Leicester University Press.

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"Frances Pinter developed a strong staff to which she provided outstanding leadership. She also oversaw the expenditure of a substantial budget with great care to ensure that our funds went as far as possible.

Above all, we prized her keen understanding of the way to use the publishing program she directed to advance the mission of our network of foundations.

As a consequence her work was greatly esteemed by my colleagues on the Board and staff of the Open Society Institute."

Aryeh Neier
Open Society Institute