Our staff

Oceanwide staff

The polar regions are what we do. From our expert expedition guides to our impeccable crew to our diversely skilled office staff, the OEX team is all about giving you the utmost experience of the Arctic, Antarctica, and the sub-Antarctic. Seasoned passengers of our own epic voyages, we bring to the table not only a love of the exotic polar world but also a combined wealth of expertise unrivaled by any other polar tour operator. Join us on one of our adventurous voyages, and let us share with you all there is to see, do, and explore in Earth’s most remote frontiers.

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.

  • Sarah Gerats
  • Function: Expedition guide
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch

Sarah Gerats grew up in Belgium but lost her heart to the Arctic at an early age, first experiencing it as an exchange student at the Academy of Arts in Iceland.

  • 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.

  • Arjen Drost
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Rinie van Meurs
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Phil Wickens
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: British
  • Philipp Schaudy
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Austrian
  • Jan Belgers
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Dutch
  • Beau Pruneau
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nacionalidad: Canadian
  • Tobias Brehm
  • Function: Expedition Leader
  • Nacionalidad: German
  • Jordi Plana
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nacionalidad: Spanish
  • Ali Liddle
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nacionalidad: British

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.

  • 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.

  • Ernesto Barria
  • Function: Captain
  • Nacionalidad: Chilean

Ernesto Barria was born in Santiago, Chile, into a family with strong bonds to the sea: His father, grandfather, and several uncles all share a love of the ocean.

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