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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

  • Beau Pruneau
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nationaliteit: Canadian

Beau Pruneau grew up in a log house in the northern Ontario wilderness. He appreciated the great outdoors from an early age, learning wilderness survival, navigation, tracking, and camping.

After graduating college with a degree in sustainable outdoor recreation management, for which he studied wilderness survival, plant ecology, and engine mechanics, he headed to British Columbia to work at a ski resort in the Rocky Mountains.

It was in British Columbia that he met his German wife, with whom he moved back to Ontario to work at another ski resort near the Great Lakes. In 2011 Beau relocated to Germany, trying his hand at making wine, building bikes, and traveling the world with his wife.

He has been recently certified by the Polar Tourism Guides Association (PTGA) as a senior polar expedition guide with advanced qualifications in Zodiac driving, rifle safety, navigation, and other related skills.

Beau works as a guide, lecturer, photographer, and Zodiac mechanic. During his spare time, he is also a travel consultant. He lives in Dresden with his wife and son.

 

  • 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.

  • Sarah Gerats
  • Function: Expedition guide
  • Nationaliteit: 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.

  • Philipp Schaudy
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Austrian
  • Christian Engelke
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: German
  • Phil Wickens
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: British
  • Rinie van Meurs
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Arjen Drost
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Jordi Plana
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Spanish
  • Tobias Brehm
  • Function: Expedition Leader
  • Nationaliteit: German
  • Jan Belgers
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Birgit Lutz
  • Function: Expedition Leader
  • Nationaliteit: German

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.

  • Mika Erik Appel
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: 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.

  • Alexey Nazarov
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: 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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  • Ernesto Barria
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Chilean
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  • Arthur Yakovlev
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Russian
  • Andrey Zybin
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Russian

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