Dr. Axel May

studied Law at the University of Hamburg. From 1976 he worked as a lawyer in the legal offices 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. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Harald Quandt Holding since 2008.

Axel May served alongside Ulrike Crespo on the Board of Trustees of the Crespo Foundation from its inception. He has been Chairman of the Foundation Board of Crespo Foundation since 2020.

W. Michael Satke

studied Law, Fashion and Business in Vienna and London. From 1967 on, he worked at executive level in advertising, for Ogilvy and Mather, Sieber-Saatchi, and in business, as Marketing Manager for Masterfood Confectionary as well as serving as Director for Marketing and Sales for Cincinnati Milacron. In addition, he became well known as the founder of the “New Gastronomy” in Vienna and as a culture manager, magazine founder, book author and garden designer. 

Michael Satke was the long-term life partner of the Foundation’s founder, Ulli Crespo.
Since 2020 he has been Deputy Chairman of the Foundation Board of the Crespo Foundation.

Prof. Dr. Christian Duve

studied Law in Würzburg, Caen, Geneva and Munich and completed post-grad studies at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a founding member of the Sozietät V 29 Legal PartGmbB in Frankfurt, having previously worked as a lawyer and partner in the international corporate law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP from 1998 to 2018. In addition, he is honorary professor at the Faculty of Law of Ruprecht Karls University, Heidelberg. 

Since 2020, Christian Duve has been a Member of the Foundation Board of the Crespo Foundation. From 1 July to 31 December, 2020 he served as acting Chairman of the Foundation.