After his military service in the German armed forces and studies in economics at the University of Marburg, Frank Spengler joined first the Department of Economic Policy at the University of Marburg. From 1981 to 1996, he was the Resident Representative of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, first in Tanzania, then in Zimbabwe and finally in South Africa. From 1989 to 1990 he was the Foundation's project coordinator in Zambia and, from 1988 to 1992, he was the coordinator of the Foundation's special economic policy program in Africa. From 1996 to 1999, he led the North America/Europe/Japan Division of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung's International Cooperation Department. From 1999 to 2004 he was Head of the Foundation's Office in Prague/Czech Republic and Bratislava/Slovakia. Between 2004 and 2006 he was Head of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung's Office in Turkey. From 2012 to 2020, he was Head of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation's Office in Hungary. Since June 2021, he has been advisor to the Mathias Corvinus Collegium Hungarian-German Institute for European Cooperation.