Franz is co-founder and executive director of Yuwa, which uses football for girls to combat child marriage, illiteracy and human trafficking. He grew up in Edina, Minnesota, and has been living five years in India — four of those years in a tribal village in Jharkhand. He has a BA and MA in International Political Economy from the University Professors Program at Boston University and holds certificates in negotiation and mediation from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. He interned at the Ministry of Finance in Bogota, Colombia, and worked as a consultant to the Confederation of Indian Industry, India’s biggest business lobby, where he worked with corporate executives on social strategies. He trained at the US Olympic Training Center in judo, played ice hockey as a goalkeeper, and coached alpine skiing for twelve years