Unserer Mitarbeiter

Oceanwide staff

Die freundlichen und hilfsbereiten Mitarbeiter unserer Verkaufs- und Reservierungsabteilung stehen Ihnen zur Verfügung. Sie beantworten Ihnen alle relevanten Fragen zu Ihrer Reise, dem Reiseziel und den Oceanwide Expeditions-Schiffen. Sie alle waren auf einer oder mehreren Expeditionsreisen in der Arktis und Antarktis und haben die wunderbaren Polarregionen kennengelernt. Bereits seit Jahren arbeiten sie mit großer Begesiterung für Oceanwide Expeditions.

Expedition staff

  • Christian Engelke
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: German

Since his first vacation to Norway in 1996, Christian Engelke has suffered from “Scandinavia fever.” Since then he has been exploring Norway, Sweden, and Greenland by foot, skis, and kayak.

After finishing an undergrad degree in engineering, Christian moved to Svalbard in 2008. Three unforgettable years later, he moved “down south” to Tromsø in Northern Norway, where he finished a master’s degree.

Since 2009 Christian has worked as a freelance guide and expedition leader. His initial voyages were in Svalbard and Greenland.

As of 2014, he has also worked in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia. He loves the wildlife, stark landscape, and heroic history of these areas. 

Christian is a sea kayak instructor with a specialty in Tromsø whale-watching trips. When he’s not in the high latitudes, you’ll probably find him in his kayak off the Norwegian coast.

  • Pippa Low
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: British

Pippa has worked as a marine guide and skipper for 10 years, primarily in Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, and the polar regions.

  • Hans Verdaat
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: Dutch

Hans’s fascination for nature and traveling has been present throughout his life. From a young age, he has been an active birder traveling across Europe, studying coastal zone management in the Netherlands and in Norway.

  • Ali Liddle
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: British
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  • Florence Kuyper
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Philipp Schaudy
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: Austrian
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  • Eduardo Rubio
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: Guatemalan
  • Sara Jenner
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: British
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  • Adam Turner
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: British
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  • Marcel Paul
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Claudio Ghiglione
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: Italian
  • Jan Belgers
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Rinie van Meurs
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationalität: Dutch

Activity staff

  • Henrik Enckell
  • Function: Dive Team Leader & Advisor
  • Nationalität: Swedish

Henrik is an experienced dive leader, rebreather instructor trainer, and one of the first dive masters to bring tourists diving in Antarctica.

Henrik has been diving for over 25 years and teaches all levels of recreational and technical diving up to Advanced Trimix CCR.

He runs the IART (International Association of Rebreather Trainers) Regional Office for Northern Europe and is a member of the IART Board of Advisors.

Henrik is a keen wreck diver and has been involved in deep-wreck expeditions all over the world. Some of the interesting wrecks he has visited are the WW2 disasters General von Steuben and Wilhelm Gustloff in the Baltic as well as the HMS Victoria ("the vertical wreck") at 145 meters (475 feet) off the Lebanese coast.

His interest in both the ocean and space has engaged him in projects with the European Space Agency (Mars500 Project) and SeaSpace Exploration and Research Society (Project Poseidon), among others.

He has a military background, having served in peace keeping and enforcing missions in the Middle East and former Yugoslavia.

He has been leading dive expeditions in Antarctica and the Arctic for almost 20 years in remote and challenging waters, many of which have never been dived before.

Henrik holds an M.Sc. Degree in Electrical Engineering and works in the automotive industry when not traveling the polar regions.

He has lived and worked in Tokyo for two years but currently lives in India with his wife, three teenage daughters, and five-year-old son.

  • Michael Green
  • Function: Dive Team Leader and Advisor
  • Nationalität: British

Michael began diving in 1980, training with the Royal Navy in Portsmouth Harbour.

Captains

  • Toni Salo
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationalität: Finnish

Born and raised in Turku, Finland, Toni grew up in a city with ancient seagoing traditions. He has loved sailing since he was a child, when he regularly went out with his grandfather to experience life on the high seas. Ever since, he has dreamed of sailing to far-away places and exploring the world. Toni served in a naval base near Helsinki for two years before starting his studies at Maritime University in 1999. He got his officer’s license in 2003 and spent the first ten years of his career working on cargo ships.

After many years of gaining experience, he finished his studies and got his Master mariner license in 2012. Toni moved to the expedition industry the following year and has no plans of leaving it. He loves the nature, wildlife, and delivering a great polar travel product.

Toni joined Oceanwide Expeditions in 2018. Even though he’s sailed the seven seas and loves all the new places he gets to visit, there’s still a special place in his heart for the tiny island in Finland where it all started 40 years ago.

When he is on leave, Toni enjoys reading, cycling, fishing, and photography.

  • Arthur Yakovlev
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationalität: Russian

Arthur Yakovlev was born in Petrozavodsk, the capital and largest city of the Republic of Karelia, in northwestern Russia.

  • Remmert Koster
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationalität: Dutch

Remmert Koster was born in the Netherlands, and from a young age he was convinced he would become a captain.

  • Joachim Schiel
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationalität: German
  • Evgeny Levakov
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationalität: Russian
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  • Ernesto Barria
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationalität: Chilean
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Office

Head Office:
Fax: +31 (0)118 410 417
USA & Canada reservations:
Fax: +1 (0)281 749 8220
  • Karin Toornstra
  • Function: Reservations
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Erik Hageman
  • Function: CFO
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Stefan Pruimboom
  • Function: Staffing and Operations Advisor
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Andreas Diesing
  • Function: Key Account Manager for the German speaking countries
  • Nationalität: German
  • Gabi Merten
  • Function: Reservations for the German speaking market
  • Nationalität: German
  • Loraine van Huizen
  • Function: Online Marketeer
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Florian J. Piper
  • Function: Director Sales | Arctic program
  • Nationalität: German
  • Elza Back
  • Function: Account Assistant
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Marie Rose Porreca
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nationalität: American
  • Majanda Fens
  • Function: Reservations Manager
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Matt Cutts
  • Function: Content Writer
  • Nationalität: American
  • Sebastiaan Schijf
  • Function: Financial Controller
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Grace Vidal
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nationalität: American
  • Franklin Braeckman
  • Function: Antarctic Program Manager
  • Nationalität: Belgian
  • Michel van Gessel
  • Function: Director
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Maria del Pilar Fernandez
  • Function: International Sales Manager
  • Nationalität: Chilean
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  • Ko de Korte
  • Function: Consultant
  • Nationalität: Dutch
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  • Teun van ‘t Verlaat
  • Function: Technical Superintendent
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Jeroen Blanken
  • Function: Hotel Operations Manager
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Piet Vink
  • Function: Managing Director
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Danique van Burken
  • Function: Senior Marketing Manager
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Iris van Zalinge
  • Function: Sales Accountmanager
  • Nationalität: Dutch
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  • Nyrée Siereveld-Verstraete
  • Function: Account Assistant
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Alexandra den Dikken
  • Function: Senior Graphic Designer
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Adam Turner
  • Function: CXO - Head of Expedition Operations
  • Nationalität: British
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  • Toto Vermue
  • Function: Sales Accountmanager
  • Nationalität: Dutch
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  • Dorine van Boekhout
  • Function: Reservations
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Femke Wolfert
  • Function: Staffing Manager
  • Nationalität: Dutch
  • Marina Joglar
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nationalität: American
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