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Oceanwide staff

Onze vriendelijke en behulpzame collega's zijn u graag van dienst. Ze kunnen alle relevante vragen over onze reizen, de bestemmingen en de schepen van Oceanwide Expeditions beantwoorden. Ze werken allemaal reeds vele jaren met veel enthousiasme voor Oceanwide Expeditions en hebben ook allemaal één of meerdere expeditie reizen naar het Noordpoolgebied en Antarctica meegemaakt, waardoor ze de poolgebieden uit eerste hand kennen. 

Expedition staff

  • Philipp Schaudy
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: 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.

Doing the bulk of his travel by bicycle, Philipp has visited more than 80 countries and set foot on all seven continents. He earns a living in his homeland of Austria by giving talks about his long trips and expeditions.

Philipp first visited Svalbard in 1998, and from 2004 to 2006 he and his wife lived in Longyearbyen. There they experienced not only the midnight sun, but also the magic of the polar night.

It was during these years that Philipp started working as a tour guide. In the cold months he led snowmobile trips into the Svalbard wilderness, and during the summers he led guests on glacier hiking trips.

Since 2005 Philipp has worked for Oceanwide Expeditions as a guide, lecturer, and expedition leader, taking voyages to some of the wildest places on Earth. 

He considers himself a victim of the polar virus and can attest that it’s highly contagious. 

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

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

  • Ali Liddle
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nationaliteit: British

Ali Liddle grew up in the north of England where, after leaving school, she qualified as a primary school teacher.

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  • Jordi Plana
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Spanish
  • Rinie van Meurs
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Christian Engelke
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: German
  • Beau Pruneau
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nationaliteit: Canadian
  • Sarah Gerats
  • Function: Expedition guide
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Jan Belgers
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Arjen Drost
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
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  • Phil Wickens
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: British

Captains

  • Alexander Schmidt
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: 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.

  • Yury Marin
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Russian

Born in Rybinsk, Russia, Yury Marin began sailing on small sporting yachts at the age of nine. By age 16, he was already preparing for a life of sailing the world's rivers and seas.

  • Arthur Yakovlev
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Russian

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

  • Alexey Nazarov
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Russian
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  • Ernesto Barria
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Chilean
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  • Evgeny Levakov
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Russian
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  • Remmert Koster
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch

Office

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