Svenja Rau

Foundation Assistant

studied Communication Design in Mainz and completed a year of post-grad studies at Minneapolis College of Art and Design in the US. As Foundation Assistant, she is responsible for cross-departmental interface management, including the central coordination of all commercial and administrative processes. Prior to that, she spent five years as Executive Assistant for the Foundation.

Friederike Weidner

Executive Assistant

studied Dramaturgy and Modern German Literature (Diploma) in Munich and Philosophy (M.A.) in Frankfurt am Main. From 2013 to 2017, she was employed as Dramatic Adviser and Member of the Artistic Management Team at the Theaterhaus Jena. Since 2017, she has been working as a freelance dramatic adviser, among other clients for the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt and, from 2019 to 2020, as a contributing editor, looked after the philosophical discussion format “Auf ein Wort” for the broadcaster Deutsche Welle. Since January 2021, Friederike Weidner has been employed as Executive Assistant at the Crespo Foundation.

Dr. Sandra Poppe

Project Leader

studied Literature, Romance Languages and Book Studies in Mainz und Dijon. After receiving a Ph.D. in Comparative Media Studies she worked as a research assistant and Junior Professor for General and Comparative Literature at the University of Mainz. More recently as Managing Director she was in charge of the administrative office of the media convergence research area. Simultaneously, she completed an intensive course of studies in Foundation Management at the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel. Dr. Sandra Poppe has been a project consultant at the Crespo Foundation since 2013. She is leading the project WORTMELDUNGEN – Der Literaturpreis für kritische Kurztexte.

Cora Stein

Section Manager "Education and Social Affairs"

studied Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology together with Romance Languages and Historical Ethnology at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main and Università La Sapienza in Rome. In keeping with her areas of specialization, namely Migration Research and Urban Culture, she then worked on various intercultural projects and integration projects. 
In 2006, she took over the project management of SABA – Education Scholarships for Female Migrants. In the following years she was accountable as consultant for the conception and implementation of the programmes of the Cresco Foundation in the areas Educational Guidance, Family and Aesthetic Education. Since 2020, she has been responsible for the development and expansion of existing programmes in the area of Education and Social Affairs.

Dr. Natalie Failla-Grahn

Project Consultant

studied sociology at the University of Mainz and the University of Malta. She received her a Ph.D. at the University of Vienna by analyzing the integration processes of refugees. From 2008 on she worked in the field of migration and integration and held various management positions in public and private non-profit organizations in Austria. More recently she changed to the German Administration. In the respective divisions she held the economic and personnel responsibility for roughly 330 employees and was responsible for the strategic development. Dr. Failla-Grahn has been a project consultant at the Crespo Foundation since 2018.

Nicole Lustig

Project Consultant

studied educational science with the main emphasis on andragogy, extracurricular youth education and counselling at Goethe-University in Frankfurt am Main. Gaining a wide range of professional experience in systemic advising and career guidance since 2009, she was entrusted to manage a variety of projects of both vocational and general education as well as consumer education. Her work was in the first place focused on the specific needs of those clients who would benefit in their professional and personal development from high quality education work. At the Crespo Foundation she is in charge of the project TELLUS | miteinander lehren – voneinander lernen.  (Teaching with one another – learning from one another)

Gianna Wulf

Project consultant

studied History of Art, Psychology and German Philology in Koblenz und Heidelberg. After a traineeship in the cultural education programme in the Stiftung Nantesbuch (formerly ALTANA Kulturstiftung) she assumed the management of a cultural education project at a special needs school in Frankfurt. On a part-time basis, she trained in the area of person-centred counselling. At the Crespo Foundation she is in charge of the project TELLUS | miteinander lehren – voneinander lernen (Teaching one another – learning from one another).

Friederike Schönhuth

Section Manager "Aesthetic Education and Art"

studied Visual Communication specializing in Sculpting at Offenbach University of Art and Design and then Art History and Sociology at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main. After freelancing in various Frankfurt museums and foundations during her studies, she worked as a consultant for visual art and curator of the “ars viva” Prize bestowed by Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft in der BDI (Association of Arts and Culture of German Business attached to the Federation of German Industries) in Berlin. From 2010 to 2016, she headed up the “Cultural Education” section of the foundation Kunst und Natur in Bad Homburg and Munich. Since 2016, she has been working for the Crespo Foundation as Project Manager for project strategy, conception and implementation in the areas “Aesthetic Education” and “Art” and, in addition, actively ran her own agency for artistic and cultural education, RED PONY. Since 2020, in her capacity as Section Manager, she has been responsible for the development and expansion of the existing programmes in her area.

Laura Kurtz

Project consultant

studied culture management as well as performing arts and music management in Freiburg, Breda (Netherlands) and Frankfurt/Main. While studying in Frankfurt she worked for the the concert hall “Alte Oper”, the university of music and performing arts and as a freelancer for outreach projects of a concert organization. After graduating (M.A.) she managed several productions of the Biennal 2016 at the Hessian State Theatre of Wiesbaden. At the same time she started working at Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain where she was responsible for the management and further development of the funding program for cultural education projects. At the Crespo Foundation she is in charge of the projects in the field of Aesthetic Education.

Yvonne Nünlist

Project Consultant

studied General History at Zurich University. Her career path took her from her position as cantonal equal opportunities officer and research assistant at a Swiss vocational training project into cultural administration. In Zurich, she served as press officer at the Theater am Neumarkt, managed the productions of numerous independent theatre and dance companies and was responsible for the dance event Tanztag Zürich. Most recently, she was employed as project manager in a well-known Frankfurt artist management agency. Since March 2021, Yvonne Nünlist has been working in the Crespo Foundation for the TELLUS | miteinander lehren – voneinander lernen programme.

Katja Schaffer

Project Consultant

studied Theater, Film and Media Studies and Cultural Anthropology in Frankfurt am Main and Seville and also completed a commercial apprenticeship. During her professional career, she has worked in various industries in the fields of communication, marketing and event management. In 2018/19 she completed the advanced training program "Book and Media Practice" at Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. After working as a freelancer in cultural management, among other clients, for the Cultural Office of the City of Frankfurt, she joined the team of the Crespo Foundation in the summer of 2020. There she is in charge of the project WORTMELDUNGEN – Der Literaturpreis für kritische Kurztexte.

Guriya Ismailova

Office Management

gained an accredited qualification in “Business Administration, Bookkeeping and Accounting” at the State College for Industry and Economics of the City of Makhachkala, Republic of Dagestan, Russia. Following her arrival in Germany, she obtained her Certificate of Secondary Education (Hauptschulabschluss) from 2015 to 2016 within the framework of the SABA Scholarship of the Crespo Foundation. From 2017 to 2020, on a part-time basis, she trained for her Diploma in Office Management with the organisation VbFF-Verein zur beruflichen Förderung von Frauen and the cooperation partner AWO Hessen Süd e.V. in Frankfurt am Main. Since April 2021, she has been employed in the area of office management with the Crespo Foundation.

Jamila Adler

Project Consultant

studied Sociology in Marburg and Frankfurt with her main focus on anti-racism migration research and gender studies. In Mainz she worked as deputy director in a migrants’ self-help organisation on state and federal migrant policy projects. Thereafter she was responsible as process consultant with an educational institution for the intercultural opening up of administrative departments and SMEs and for the vocational qualification of refugees. Laterally, as education consultant, she mentored young adults in volunteer programmes. Since 2013 she has also been working on a freelance basis as a trainer for anti-discrimination and diversity-oriented topics. Since May 2021, Jamila Adler has been working with the Crespo Foundation as a consultant on SABA – Bildungsstipendien für Migrantinnen, a project which is involved with scholarships for female migrants.

Hanna Knell

Project Consultant

studied Theatre, Film and Media Studies, Visual Anthropology and Theatre and Orchestra Management in Frankfurt am Main and Seville. Since 2010 she has worked in a variety of positions as Culture Manager, Dramatic Advisor and Press Officer, including in Frankfurt’s Weltkulturen Museum, the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts and in the free dance and performance scene. In 2018 she was artistic and organisational director of the site-specific IMPLANTIEREN performance festival and, from 2018 to 2121, managed the experimental performance and production space Frankfurt LAB. Since June 2021, Hanna Knell has been working for the Crespo Foundation as consultant in the area of dance and aesthetic education.

Jana Weyer


studied European Art History and English Studies (B.A.) in Heidelberg and Leeds and is currently completing her master's degree in Cultural Education at the Ludwigsburg University of Education. During her studies, she worked as a student assistant in the field of career advancement for women at University of Stuttgart and supported as a student trainee the migration and climate change teams in the "Global Issues" section at Robert Bosch Stiftung. She worked as a freelancer for art education in several museums. Since July 2021, she has been working for the Crespo Foundation as a trainee in the section "Aesthetic Education and Art".