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Oceanwide staff

Expedition staff

  • Florence Kuyper
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch

Florence is a world traveler with a passion for the polar regions, remote nature, deserts, history, and nomadic peoples.

After receiving her Master’s Degree in Educational and Organizational Psychology in the Netherlands, she worked as a consultant-manager in social affairs.

In 2004 Florence went to the big white desert of Antarctica for the first time, and her passion for this continent has drawn her back ever since.

But she also enjoys the heat, having crossed 1,200 km (745 miles) of harsh Mongolian desert on foot with an expedition team and one Bactrian camel.

Florence has lived at the historical British base of Port Lockroy on the Antarctic Peninsula, where she served as a base leader, and also works on sailing yachts in the Arctic and Antarctica.

She has been an expedition guide and leader in both polar regions since 2012, and she looks forward to sharing her knowledge and unlimited passion for the polar regions with you.

  • Philipp Schaudy
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Austrian

Philipp Schaudy holds a Master’s Degree in Physical Geography and has studied in Austria, Iceland, and Svalbard. A restless traveler, adventurer, and alpinist, he’s always loved the outdoors.

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  • Hans Verdaat
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: 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
  • Nacionalidad: British
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  • Claudio Ghiglione
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Italian
  • Marcel Paul
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Adam Turner
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: British
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  • Rinie van Meurs
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Eduardo Rubio
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Guatemalan
  • Sara Jenner
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: British
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  • Pippa Low
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: British
  • Jan Belgers
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Christian Engelke
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: German

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

  • 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. 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.

  • 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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  • Joachim Schiel
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: German

Born near the German city of Cologne, Joachim Schiel grew up some distance from the coast. His first contact with vessels came from the yearly sailing trips he made with a youth group on the Baltic.

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

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
  • Femke Wolfert
  • Function: Staffing Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Kees Matthes
  • Function: Nautical Superintendent
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Alexandra den Dikken
  • Function: Senior Graphic Designer
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Toto Vermue
  • Function: Sales Accountmanager
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
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  • Florian J. Piper
  • Function: Director Sales | Arctic program
  • Nacionalidad: German
  • Ko de Korte
  • Function: Consultant
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
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  • Grace Vidal
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nacionalidad: American
  • Adam Turner
  • Function: CXO - Head of Expedition Operations
  • Nacionalidad: British
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  • Sasha Rachkova
  • Function: Online Marketeer
  • Nacionalidad: Russian
  • Stefan Pruimboom
  • Function: Staffing and Operations Advisor
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Nyrée Siereveld-Verstraete
  • Function: Account Assistant
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Marie Rose Porreca
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nacionalidad: American
  • Majanda Fens
  • Function: Reservations Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Danique van Burken
  • Function: Senior Marketing Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Sebastiaan Schijf
  • Function: Financial Controller
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Dorine van Boekhout
  • Function: Reservations
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Gabi Merten
  • Function: Reservations for the German speaking market
  • Nacionalidad: German
  • Marina Joglar
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nacionalidad: American
  • Teun van ‘t Verlaat
  • Function: Technical Superintendent
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Loraine van Huizen
  • Function: Online Marketeer
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • John Yeh
  • Function: Sales Representative China & South Asia & Oceania
  • Nacionalidad: Chinese
  • Elza Back
  • Function: Account Assistant
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Maria del Pilar Fernandez
  • Function: International Sales Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Chilean
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  • Karin Toornstra
  • Function: Reservations
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Piet Vink
  • Function: Managing Director
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Erik Hageman
  • Function: CFO
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Michel van Gessel
  • Function: Director
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Andreas Diesing
  • Function: Key Account Manager for the German speaking countries
  • Nacionalidad: German
  • Marissa Medrano
  • Function: Accounting
  • Nacionalidad: American
  • Franklin Braeckman
  • Function: Antarctic Program Manager
  • Nacionalidad: Belgian
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