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NEWS: February 2020

Taking on the role of Executive Chair, Central European University Press

NEWS: February 2018

Frances Pinter wins
the University Press REDUX Award

Redux Award Pinter
Dr Frances Pinter receiving the REDUX award from
Lara Speicher, UCL Press


Frances Pinter is a business and social entrepreneur with a strong background in publishing and education.


Frances Pinter

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Frances Pinter PhD

  • Executive Chair – Central European University Press
  • Visiting Senior Fellow – London School of Economics
  • Senior Research Fellow – SAS, University of London
  • CEO Manchester University Press
  • Founder – Knowledge Unlatched
  • Founding Publisher – Bloomsbury Academic
  • CEO International House Trust
  • Publishing Director – the Soros Foundation/Open Society Institute
  • Founder of Pinter Publishers
  • Research Officer at Oxford University

About me...

At the age of 23, I was the first woman to establish her own publishing company in the UK.  Pinter Publishers became a leader in the social sciences.  We launched one of the first environmental studies imprints Belhaven Press and acquired the humanities imprint Leicester University Press.

After 20 years I was invited by philanthropist and financier George Soros to devise multi-million dollar programmes supporting publishing and education in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union after the fall of Communism.

I've enjoyed international experience as an entrepreneur and leader in the non-profit and commercial sectors. I've established companies, and advised others on how to set up new operations and transform existing ones.

At the turn of the last century I took a short break from publishing and was CEO of International House Trust, which supports language training around the world.

I've been a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics, acted as consultant to Creative Commons and ran a research project on alternative licencing practices in developing countries for IDRC. I also ran a project looking into the international intellectual property reform agenda funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

Bloomsbury Academic, a new imprint of Bloomsbury Publishers, appointed me in 2008 as its founding publisher where I was also the publisher of the digitised Winston Churchill Archive collection online, launched in 2012.

I completed a three-year position as CEO of Manchester University Press and continued to work on Open Access issues on the boards of Knowledge Unlatched that I founded in 2012, and Knowledge Unlatched Research (now COARD) that I established later in 2016.

I am now researching the history of book-burning with an institutional connection at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Scholarly Publishing is in my blood and I am on the advisory boards and committees of a number of small university and mission driven presses on four continents; the newly reconstituted University of London Press, the Australian National University Press, Wits University Press in South Africa, Berghahn Books and the new Scottish University Press.

Recently I returned to the Central European University Press which I founded in the nineties as executive chair and where I launched a new open access initiative called Opening the Future.

In 2022 I instigated a multimillion dollar campaign to make more of the science around climate change and biodiversity open access. In 2023 I set up SUPRR an initiative to support Ukrainian publishing resilience and recovery.

Frances Pinter CV here

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2015: Frances Pinter receives
the Honorary Degree of
Doctor of Letters
from Curtin University and is now an adjunct professor at Curtin University

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