Franz-Josef Ebel gained a certificate as Franchise-Manager (IHK) after successfully completing a course and examinations of the German Franchise Association (DFV) and the Chamber of Industrie and Commerce (IHK). He is a member of the DFV, a former member of the International Franchise Association (IFA) and also served on the IFA's International Committee.
In addition, he is a regular contributor to Franchise Erfolge, Germany's quarterly Franchise Magazine. Previously, he worked for international news agency Reuters, German publishing group Handelsblatt, private television group ProSieben, German Internet Service Provider T-Online – part of telecommunications group Deutsche Telekom –, and international logistics giant Deutsche Post DHL in senior positions, running teams of more than 100 people himself.
He holds a Master of Arts degree in Economics/Economic Histroy from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) and a Master of Philospophy postgraduate degree from the University of Cambridge (England).