Francis is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Thomas Schmidheiny Research Fellow at Indian School of Business. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford University (2018).
Combining the disciplines of Financial Economics and Economic History, his research spans from Theory of Entrepreneurship, Corporate Governance, and the Philosophy of Capitalism; in particular, the focus is given to the governance of entrepreneurial and established firms under uncertainties, examining the role of ideas and institutions in the structural arrangement of property rights over time. Some of his work was featured at The 2018 Political Economy of Finance Conference by Stigler Center, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and at The 2020 Annual Conference of European Association of Law and Economics. Francis has taught Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital to PGP students at Indian School of Business since 2019, and to MBA students at Yonsei University School of Business in Spring 2020.
For Fall 2019, Francis was invited as a Visiting Scholar to Harvard Law School, primarily to conduct interdisciplinary research initiatives on Contract Theory in Entrepreneurship and has since been an Affiliate (non-residential) with Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University.
Prior to his academic career, Francis served as an Associate Strategist and Junior Economist at Goldman Sachs for the Asia-Pacific region and had served as a Navy Officer in South Korea.