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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

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

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

After working in a rural school in Cumbria, she traveled Australia and New Zealand, taking a job as a teacher in the Falkland Islands, living on remote farms and teaching children at home.

A year later, she spent nine months overwintering on the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia, where she served as a post mistress.

Returning to the Falkland Islands again, Ali continued to teach, taking a job at the primary school in Stanley and staying there for the next 15 years.

A subsequent job with Falklands Conservation allowed her to complete a project in environmental education, developing curriculum resources. This led to work as a local tour guide.

Ali has been with Oceanwide Expeditions since 2010, working as a guide, lecturer, and expedition leader in Antarctica and the Arctic. She loves sharing her passion for the polar regions, especially the sub-Antarctic.

  • Arjen Drost
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nationality: Dutch

From a young age, Arjen could be found outside with his binoculars, looking for birds and mammals. It came as no surprise, then, when he decided to study biology.

  • Jan Belgers
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationality: Dutch

Jan Belgers was born in the Netherlands and currently lives in Rotterdam. He has been working as a professional outdoor guide and expedition leader for many years.

  • Philipp Schaudy
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationality: Austrian
  • Christian Engelke
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationality: German
  • Tobias Brehm
  • Function: Expedition Leader
  • Nationality: German
  • Sarah Gerats
  • Function: Expedition guide
  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Rinie van Meurs
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Birgit Lutz
  • Function: Expedition Leader
  • Nationality: German
  • Phil Wickens
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationality: British
  • Jordi Plana
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationality: Spanish
  • Beau Pruneau
  • Function: (Assistant) Expedition leader and guide
  • Nationality: Canadian

Captains

  • Andrey Zybin
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationality: 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.

After high school, he started his naval career in the Rostov-on-Don Maritime College, graduating in 1982.

He then began work as a navigator for the Murmansk Shipping Company, transporting cargo across the Northern Sea Route and Northeast Passage to Dikson and Pevek.

After continuing his education at the Murmansk Highest Engineering Marine Academy, he became a captain, and in 2011 he started working for the Russian Institute of Oceanology.

It was there that he began captaining expedition cruises to the Arctic and Antarctica.

In 2011 he moved to Kaliningrad, where the climate is milder, and has worked as a flag state control officer for the port, monitoring the condition of the vessels.

Andrey married in 1985 and has a daughter, son-in-law, and grandson. During vacation, when he’s not playing chess or volleyball, he likes to travel to various historical parts of the world.

  • Alexey Nazarov
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationality: 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
  • Nationality: 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.

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