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Oceanwide staff

Expedition staff

  • 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.

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.

  • Rinie van Meurs
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch

Rinie van Meurs has been an expedition leader since 1989, leading hundreds of expeditions all over the polar regions. The Arctic island of Spitsbergen, the largest in the Svalbard archipelago, is as familiar to him as his own back yard.

  • Sara Jenner
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • 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.

  • Ali Liddle
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: British
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  • Jan Belgers
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Pippa Low
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: British
  • Florence Kuyper
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Philipp Schaudy
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Austrian
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  • Martin Berg
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Swedish
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  • Beau Pruneau
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Canadian
  • Adam Turner
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: British
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  • Katja Riedel
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: German
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Activity staff

  • 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.

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
  • Nacionalidad: British

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

Captains

  • Alexander Schmidt
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: German

Ali was born in Germany, where he studied geography but eventually decided to turn his passion for sailing into a profession.

He pursued nautical studies in the Netherlands, specializing in traditional sailing ships as well as tall ships.

Ali has been professionally sailing tall ships since 2008, mostly around Europe (the North Sea, Baltic, and Mediterranean) but also across the Atlantic and in the Caribbean.

In recent years, much of his sailing has taken place in the Arctic, specifically in the beautiful, remote, and sometimes challenging waters of Greenland and Svalbard.

  • Mika Erik Appel
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: Finnish

Mika Erik Appel was born and raised in the town of Vaasa, Finland, where cold weather and ice was just part of daily life.

  • Toni Salo
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: 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.

  • Evgeny Levakov
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: Russian
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  • Ernesto Barria
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: Chilean
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  • Arthur Yakovlev
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: Russian
  • Remmert Koster
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch

Office

Head Office:
Fax: +31 (0)118 410 417
Correo electrónico: info@oceanwide-expeditions.com
USA & Canada reservations:
Fax: +1 (0)281 749 8220
Correo electrónico: usa@oceanwide-expeditions.com
  • Andreas Diesing
  • Function: Key Account Manager for the German speaking countries
  • Nacionalidad: German
  • Iris van Zalinge
  • Function: Staffing and Operations Support Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Toto van der Horst-Vermue
  • Function: Reservations
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
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  • Maria del Pilar Fernandez
  • Function: International Sales Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Chilean
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  • Piet Vink
  • Function: Senior Technical Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Majanda Fens
  • Function: Reservations Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Sebastiaan Schijf
  • Function: Financial Controller
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Marie Rose Porreca
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nacionalidad: American
  • Loraine van Huizen
  • Function: Internet Marketeer
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Mellany van der Hulst
  • Function: Marketing & Inhouse Design
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Erik Hageman
  • Function: CFO
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Ingrid van de Loo
  • Function: Food & Beverage Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Sietse Vonk
  • Function: Purchase & logistic Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Mark van der Hulst
  • Function: COO
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Elza Back
  • Function: Account Assistant
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Teun van ‘t Verlaat
  • Function: Technical Superintendent
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Marina Joglar
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nacionalidad: American
  • Ronald van Herwijnen
  • Function: Technical Superintendent
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Florian J. Piper
  • Function: Director Sales | Arctic program
  • Nacionalidad: German
  • Clemens van der Werf
  • Function: CEO
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Franklin Braeckman
  • Function: Marketing & Sales Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Belgian
  • Grace Vidal
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nacionalidad: American
  • Ko de Korte
  • Function: Consultant
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
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  • Matt Cutts
  • Function: Content Writer
  • Nacionalidad: American
  • Nyrée Siereveld-Verstraete
  • Function: Account Assistant
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Adam Turner
  • Function: Field Operations Manager
  • Nacionalidad: British
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  • Gabi Merten
  • Function: Reservations for the German speaking market
  • Nacionalidad: German
  • Geert Kroes
  • Function: Art Director
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Dorine van Boekhout
  • Function: Reservations
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Femke Wolfert
  • Function: Staffing Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
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