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Oceanwide staff

Expedition staff

  • Sara Jenner
  • Function: Expedition leader and guide
  • Nacionalidad: British

For as long as Sara can remember, she has had a passion for travel and for finding the wildest and most remote places on Earth.

When she was only 10, she sold her favorite pink bicycle to start her travel fund. 

Every birthday and Christmas, she added more to the kitty until finally, at age 18, she realized her dream of diving the Great Barrier Reef! At that moment, the travel addict was born.

Ever since, Sara has been traveling the globe in search of wild and remote places.

She has also spent many months volunteering on wildlife conservation projects to help some of our most iconic and endangered species.

Sara’s love of wildlife and the outdoors has taken her to all seven continents.

She has traveled extensively in the polar regions, including the Antarctic Peninsula, the Falklands, South Georgia, Spitsbergen, Greenland, Iceland, Baffin Island, and the Canadian High Arctic.

Back home in the UK, Sara used her knowledge to work as a polar specialist for several years, but in 2016 she joined Oceanwide Expeditions, trading life on land for a life at sea.

Sara is a keen wildlife photographer, and when she is not in the polar regions, she enjoys working as a photographic guide in Botswana, specifically the beautiful Chobe River and Okavango Delta.

  • Christian Engelke
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: 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.

  • Beau Pruneau
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Canadian

Beau Pruneau grew up in a log house in the northern Ontario wilderness. He appreciated the great outdoors from an early age, learning wilderness survival, navigation, tracking, and camping.

  • Katja Riedel
  • Function: Expedition leader and guide
  • Nacionalidad: German
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  • Philipp Schaudy
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Austrian
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  • Rinie van Meurs
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Florence Kuyper
  • Function: Expedition leader and guide
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Jan Belgers
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Mariela Cornejo
  • Function: Expedition leader and guide
  • Nacionalidad: Argentinian
  • Martin Berg
  • Function: Expedition leader and guide
  • Nacionalidad: Swedish
  • Birgit Lutz
  • Function: Expedition Leader
  • Nacionalidad: German
  • Adam Turner
  • Function: Expedition leader and guide
  • Nacionalidad: British
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  • Ali Liddle
  • Function: Expedition leader and guide
  • Nacionalidad: British
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  • Laurence Dyke
  • Function: Expedition leader and guide
  • Nacionalidad: British
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Activity staff

  • Paul Donovan
  • Function: Kayak Leader & Advisor
  • Nacionalidad: British

Paul was born and brought up in the valleys of South Wales.

He began kayaking and climbing at the age of 14, thanks to opportunities in school.

By the age of 19, Paul was managing and delivering an outdoor program for Sport Wales, which was the catalyst for carving out a career in adventure activities.

Paul studied sports science at the Cardiff Institute of Higher Education before taking up a lecturing post to train future adventure activity instructors.

As a teacher, lecturer, and outdoor activity coach, Paul has over 35 years of experience working with public, private, and voluntary organizations.

He provides rewarding opportunities for personal and social development in the UK and throughout the world.

Paul’s expertise as a paddler and mountaineer has enabled him to explore many of the rivers, seas, and mountains of the seven continents.

He also runs his own business for outdoor activity coaching, technical consulting, trekking, mountaineering, and kayaking. In addition,

Paul has been a freelance inspector for the Adventurous Activities Licensing Service (AALS).

Currently he is a freelance inspector for Adventuremark and Learning Outside the Classroom, a quality assurance officer and internal verifier for Canoe Wales, project manager for AdventureSmart.UK, and chair of the Wales Adventure Tourism Organisation (WATO) and the Outdoor Alliance in Wales.

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

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

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

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

Captains

  • Arthur Yakovlev
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: Russian

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

At the age of 15, he started training at the Maritime College in Petrozavodsk, where he graduated in 1999. At 18 he began his career as a seaman on a dry cargo vessel.

One year later, he was promoted as third officer on the same type of vessel, and later as second officer, working on various cargo vessels until 2007.

That same year, Arthur began work as a second officer on the passenger vessel Marina Cvetaeva, now Ortelius. As of 2008 he has worked for Oceanwide Expeditions, and in 2019 became a captain on Plancius.

Arthur never dreamed that most of his career would be spent in the polar waters, but he considers this his destiny and would not have it any other way.

He is married and has a son, and during vacation he enjoys spending most of his time with his family, while also traveling and enjoying nature.

  • Remmert Koster
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch

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

  • Evgeny Levakov
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: Russian

Evgeny Levakov was born in a small village not far from Nerekhta, an ancient Russian town in the Kostroma region. The closest water to his village was a 15,000 square-meter pond.

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  • Yury Marin
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: Russian
  • Alexander Schmidt
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: German
  • Ernesto Barria
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: Chilean
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Office

Head Office:
Phone: +31 (0)118 410 410
Fax: +31 (0)118 410 417
Correo electrónico: info@oceanwide-expeditions.com
USA & Canada reservations:
Phone: +1 800 453 7245
Fax: +1 (0)281 749 8220
Correo electrónico: usa@oceanwide-expeditions.com
  • Geert Kroes
  • Function: Art Director
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Majanda Fens
  • Function: Reservations Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Piet Vink
  • Function: Senior Technical Manager for Marine Services
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Maria del Pilar Fernandez
  • Function: International Sales Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Chilean
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  • Loraine van Huizen
  • Function: Internet Marketeer
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Matt Cutts
  • Function: Senior Content Writer
  • Nacionalidad: American
  • Marina Joglar
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nacionalidad: American
  • Ad van Bokhoven
  • Function: Finance
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Rowan Keur
  • Function: Reservations
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Ko de Korte
  • Function: Consultant
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
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  • Erik Hageman
  • Function: CFO
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Adam Turner
  • Function: Field Operations Manager
  • Nacionalidad: British
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  • Sietse Vonk
  • Function: Ship Operations for Marine Services
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Florian J. Piper
  • Function: Arctic Program Coordinator
  • Nacionalidad: German
  • Michel van Gessel
  • Function: CEO
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Mellany van der Hulst
  • Function: Marketing & Inhouse Design
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Franklin Braeckman
  • Function: Marketing & Sales Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Belgian
  • Femke Wolfert
  • Function: Staffing Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Iris van Zalinge
  • Function: HR & Staffing
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Gabi Merten
  • Function: Reservations for the German speaking market
  • Nacionalidad: German
  • Grace Vidal
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nacionalidad: American
  • Toto Vermue
  • Function: Reservations
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Elza Back
  • Function: Account Assistant
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Nyrée Siereveld-Verstraete
  • Function: Account Assistant
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Sebastiaan Schijf
  • Function: Financial Controller
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Ingrid van de Loo
  • Function: Food & Beverage Manager for Marine Services
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Marie Rose Porreca
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nacionalidad: American
  • Andreas Diesing
  • Function: Key Account Manager for the German speaking countries
  • Nacionalidad: German
  • Mark van der Hulst
  • Function: COO
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
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