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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

  • Jordi Plana
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Spanish

Born in Spain, Jordi Plana studied marine science in the Canary Islands before completing a master’s degree in the same field at the University of Magallanes.

He became involved with guiding and tourism after finishing his training as a mountain guide, leading groups in the Moroccan-Algerian Sahara. In 2003 he moved to southern Patagonia, combining his studies on phylogeography with his role as a guide-lecturer in Antarctica.

Jordi has served as a guide in the Magellanic ecoregion since 2005, consulting on new tour routes for expedition vessels in the Straits of Magellan.

He is the co-author of the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve and has led the marine research group there, working as a diver and marine biologist for the Francisco Coloane Protected Area.

Jordi works as a guide in the polar regions and continues his research there, mostly with the Chilean Antarctic Institute and Quaternary Research Center.

  • 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.

  • Tobias Brehm
  • Function: Expedition Leader
  • Nationaliteit: German

Tobias grew up in the Bavarian Alps, spending the majority of his time in nature. He enjoys sharing his passion for the natural world as well as explaining its fascinating phenomena.

  • Christian Engelke
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: German
  • Jan Belgers
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Arjen Drost
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Ali Liddle
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nationaliteit: British
  • Philipp Schaudy
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Austrian
  • Rinie van Meurs
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Phil Wickens
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: British
  • Birgit Lutz
  • Function: Expedition Leader
  • Nationaliteit: German
  • Beau Pruneau
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nationaliteit: Canadian

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.

  • 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.

Read an interview here >
  • 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.

Read an interview here >
  • Andrey Zybin
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Russian
  • Arthur Yakovlev
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Russian
  • Mika Erik Appel
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Finnish

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