Nuestro Equipo

Oceanwide staff

Expedition staff

  • Birgit Lutz
  • Function: Expedition Leader
  • Nacionalidad: German

Birgit loves being out and away – that is why her life has changed from award-winning writer to Arctic-addicted adventurer.

Working 15 years for the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, she reported in 2007 from a North Pole expedition aboard the icebreaker Yamal, where she was infected with the “Arctic virus.”

She then took up circumpolar studies at the Canadian University of the Arctic, and in 2010 and 2011 skied from the ice station Barneo to the North Pole. In 2013 she crossed Greenland and became a Fellow of the Explorers Club in New York.

Birgit has published two books, is often a guest speaker, and speaks several languages. She enjoys nature and silence, and lives beside an idyllic mountain lake in Bavaria.

  • Arjen Drost
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch

From a young age, Arjen could be found outside with his binoculars, looking for birds and mammals. It came as no surprise, then, when he decided to study biology.

  • Tobias Brehm
  • Function: Expedition Leader
  • Nacionalidad: German

Tobias grew up in the Bavarian Alps, spending the majority of his time in nature. He enjoys sharing his passion for the natural world as well as explaining its fascinating phenomena.

  • Phil Wickens
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: British
  • Jan Belgers
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Beau Pruneau
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nacionalidad: Canadian
  • Christian Engelke
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: German
  • Jordi Plana
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Spanish
  • Sarah Gerats
  • Function: Expedition guide
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Rinie van Meurs
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Philipp Schaudy
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Austrian
  • Ali Liddle
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nacionalidad: British

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.

  • Andrey Zybin
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: Russian

Andrey Zybin was born in Yeisk, a small, cozy resort town on the flat-sand coast of the Azov Sea. Since childhood he dreamed of being a captain, and his favorite books during adolescence were all about the sea, marine adventures, and voyages to unexplored lands.

  • Alexey Nazarov
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: Russian

Alexey Nazarov was born in the Russian town of Arkhangelsk, the so-called Pomors Capital of the world. Since his childhood, he dreamed of being a sailor.

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  • Alexander Schmidt
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: German
  • Mika Erik Appel
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: Finnish
  • 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
  • Michel van Gessel
  • Function: CEO
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Gabi Merten
  • Function: Reservations for the German speaking market
  • Nacionalidad: German
  • Marie Rose Porreca
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nacionalidad: American
  • Majanda Fens
  • Function: Reservations Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Ad van Bokhoven
  • Function: Finance
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Natascha Wisse
  • Function: Operations Manager for Marine Services
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Matt Cutts
  • Function: Senior Content Writer
  • Nacionalidad: American
  • Jamie Scherbeijn
  • Function: Reservations
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Maria del Pilar Fernandez
  • Function: International Sales Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Chilean
  • Sietse Vonk
  • Function: Ship Operations for Marine Services
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Femke Wolfert
  • Function: Staffing Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Dorita de Bruijn
  • Function: HR Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Geert Kroes
  • Function: Art Director
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Grace Vidal
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nacionalidad: American
  • Nyrée Siereveld-Verstraete
  • Function: Account Assistant
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Rowan Keur
  • Function: Reservations
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Piet Vink
  • Function: Technical Manager for Marine Services
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Rima Deeb Granado
  • Function: Director of Sales, North-America
  • Nacionalidad: American
  • Elza Back
  • Function: Account Assistant
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Florian J. Piper
  • Function: Arctic Program Coordinator
  • Nacionalidad: German
  • Ko de Korte
  • Function: Consultant
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Loraine van Huizen
  • Function: Internet Marketeer
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Sebastiaan Schijf
  • Function: Financial Controller
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Erik Hageman
  • Function: CFO
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Mellany van der Hulst
  • Function: Marketing & Inhouse Design
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Troels Jacobsen
  • Function: Product & Sales Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Danish
  • Mark van der Hulst
  • Function: COO
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Franklin Braeckman
  • Function: Online Marketing Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Belgian
  • Marina Joglar
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nacionalidad: American