Ulrike Crespo / Chairperson

Ulrike Crespo was born in Fulda. Her grandfather Karl Ströher, a collector and anthroposophist exerted a great influence on the woman who grew up very close to her grandparents’ home in Darmstadt. After initially training in Hotel Management and Tourism, Ulrike Crespo studied French, History of Art and Archaeology in French-speaking Switzerland.

In 1980, she moved from Switzerland to Frankfurt/Main, where among other things she taught German as a foreign language. From 1985 to 1990 she studied Psychology, and worked subsequently in the Psychosomatic Illnesses section at the Frankfurt University Teaching Hospital. In 1995, she joined a group practice in Frankfurt. After receiving her license to practice as a psychotherapist she also became involved in a training project in group analysis for doctors in Ukraine. For several years she has devoted herself intensively to photography. 

At the end of 2008, the German Federal President awarded Ulrike Crespo the Order of the Federal Republic of Germany. Petra Roth as the then Lady Mayor of Frankfurt officially handed it over to Ulrike Crespo on March 19, 2009 in the Römer, Frankfurt. This was given this honor in recognition of the extraordinary work she has done to support children, artists and socially disadvantaged people.

Axel May

Axel May was born on August 13, 1948 in Hamburg. He studied Law at the University of Hamburg. After completing his legal internship and gaining a doctorate in law he entered the law practice of CMS Hasche Sigle in Hamburg.

From 1984 to 2007 Axel May was Co-Head of the Harald Quandt Holding in Bad Homburg, the family office of the Quandt family, an investment management firm with international operations.

Since 2008 Axel May has been a member of the Board of Directors of Harald Quandt Holding and various supervisory boards of the HQ conglomerate.

In addition, he advises various families and family offices. For many years he has been involved in the Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt as a member of the Board of the Friends of the Museum für Moderne Kunst. Axel May lives in Frankfurt, is married and has two children and three grandchildren.