Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Straube studied industrial engineering at the TU Berlin. During his studies he spent time abroad at MIT in Boston, USA and at the University of Grenoble, France (maîtrise en sciences économique). In 1987 he received his doctorate from the Chair of Logistics at the TU Berlin (Prof. Dr.-Ing. H. Baumgarten). Frank Straube managed logistics projects at the TU and in industry from 1984-89. Since 1990 he has been chairman of the management board of an internationally active planning company, Zentrum für Logistik und Unternehmensplanung GmbH.
Since 2003, Prof. Straube has been a permanent visiting professor at the University Pantheon-Assas Paris. After his habilitation (2003) at the University of St. Gallen, he became Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kühne Institute for Logistics at the University of St. Gallen.
In October 2004, he followed the call to the TU Berlin and has since been Head of the Logistics Department at the Institute of Technology and Management. In addition to heading the Chair of Logistics, Frank Straube was Dean for a time and is still a member of the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Economics & Management as well as the Institute Council and the Joint Commission for the Industrial Engineering and Management (GKWi) degree programme at the Technical University of Berlin. In 2008, Prof. Straube was instrumental in establishing the Competence Center for International Logistics Networks and Services, endowed by the Kühne Foundation, at the Chinese-German University College (CDHK) of Tongji University Shanghai and has been a permanent visiting professor since then. Since 2009, there has been a cooperation with Abu Dhabi University under the direction of Frank Straube.
Prof. Straube is a member of the advisory board of the German Logistics Association (BVL) and was a member of the board from 1997-2009. He is also Chairman of the Advisory Board of the BLG LOGISTICS GROUP.
Prof. Straube is the founder of the International Transfer Center for Logistics (ITCL) for the realisation of innovative planning and further education activities for companies.
He is also a member of the Global Expert Knowledge Network of the World Bank and on the Board of Trustees of the Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg. Frank Straube also serves as Vice-Chairman of the jury for the DB Schenker Award of the Deutsche Bahn Foundation. He serves on the Editorial Board for international scientific journals, on the Board of the Association Internationales de la Recherche en Logistique et Supply Chain Management (AIRL) and on the Scientific Committee of the Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing. He is a member of the Board of the Rencontres Internationales de la Recherche en Logistique (RIRL).