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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

  • 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.

Working 15 years for the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, she reported in 2007 from a North Pole expedition aboard the icebreaker Yamal, where she was infected with the “Arctic virus.”

She then took up circumpolar studies at the Canadian University of the Arctic, and in 2010 and 2011 skied from the ice station Barneo to the North Pole. In 2013 she crossed Greenland and became a Fellow of the Explorers Club in New York.

Birgit has published two books, is often a guest speaker, and speaks several languages. She enjoys nature and silence, and lives beside an idyllic mountain lake in Bavaria.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ali Liddle
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nationaliteit: British
  • Sarah Gerats
  • Function: Expedition guide
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Phil Wickens
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: British
  • Jan Belgers
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Arjen Drost
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Rinie van Meurs
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Christian Engelke
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: German
  • Tobias Brehm
  • Function: Expedition Leader
  • Nationaliteit: German
  • Beau Pruneau
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nationaliteit: Canadian

Captains

  • 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.

After finishing high school at 15, Alexey started his naval career in the oldest maritime college in Russia. He graduated in 1997 and three months later made his first Arctic voyage as third officer on a hydrographic research vessel.

Alexey worked in the Russian Arctic in heavy ice conditions for the next eight years, serving on nuclear icebreakers for various international scientific expeditions.

He started with Oceanwide Expeditions in 2000, and in 2012 was promoted to captain aboard m/v Plancius. Celebrating his 20th anniversary of polar sailing in 2017, Alexey loves working with passengers and spending time in polar waters.

Alexey is also passionate about hydrography and enjoys sharing what he’s learned. During his vacations, he likes to visit different countries and spend time with his wife and son. 

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  • Andrey Zybin
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Russian

Andrey Zybin was born in Yeisk, a small, cozy resort town on the flat-sand coast of the Azov Sea. Since childhood he dreamed of being a captain, and his favorite books during adolescence were all about the sea, marine adventures, and voyages to unexplored lands.

  • 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.

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