Ons team

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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  • Marcel Paul
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch

Marcel has been a passionate traveler since his teens and has led hiking groups in Austria, Switzerland, England, Wales, and Scotland.

  • Claudio Ghiglione
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Italian

Claudio was born in Italy in 1983. He is a nature photographer, expedition guide, and marine ecologist specializing in the polar regions.

  • Pippa Low
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: British
  • Eduardo Rubio
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Guatemalan
  • Hans Verdaat
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Christian Engelke
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: German
  • Florence Kuyper
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Adam Turner
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: British
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  • Ali Liddle
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: British
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  • Rinie van Meurs
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Sara Jenner
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: British
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  • Jan Belgers
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch

Activity staff

  • Michael Green
  • Function: Dive Team Leader and Advisor
  • Nationaliteit: British

Michael began diving in 1980, training with the Royal Navy in Portsmouth Harbour.

After leaving the Navy, he continued to dive mainly around the UK, diving wrecks and always looking for a new story.

He is qualified as a dive instructor with BSAC and PADI and is certified to operate Drager Dolphin and Buddy Inspiration rebreathers.

Michael has worked for Oceanwide Expeditions for five years and enjoys giving divers a safe and exploratory experience in the polar regions.

Michael’s biggest tip for polar divers is to slow down, look around, and enjoy the environment.

He looks forward to enjoying it with you.

  • Henrik Enckell
  • Function: Dive Team Leader & Advisor
  • Nationaliteit: Swedish

Henrik is an experienced dive leader, rebreather instructor trainer, and one of the first dive masters to bring tourists diving in Antarctica.

Captains

  • Ernesto Barria
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: 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.

A beach guard by the age of 16, Ernesto’s favorite sport when he was young was swimming. When he finished high school, he moved to Puerto Montt, one of the most important ports in Chile. There he started his studies to become a merchant marine officer.

By his graduation in 1991, he’d already begun to sail on different vessels around Puerto Montt.

Ernesto became first officer of Antarctic Dream in 2005, beginning by navigating in Antarctica and later the Arctic. In 2011 he obtained the rank of captain, and in 2015 he was chosen as the best officer of the Chilean merchant navy.

Ernesto became a captain for Oceanwide Expeditions on Ortelius in 2013.

When he’s not working, Ernesto loves to travel around Chile with his family. He enjoys scuba diving, swimming, cycling, and photography, which has become his favorite hobby.

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  • Evgeny Levakov
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: 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
  • Nationaliteit: 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.

  • Remmert Koster
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Toni Salo
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Finnish
  • Arthur Yakovlev
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Russian

Office

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