Our staff

Our friendly and helpful sales and reservation departments are at your service. They can answer all relevant questions you may have about your trip, the destinations and the Oceanwide Expeditions' vessels. They have been on one or more expedition voyages to the Arctic and Antarctica to experience these wonderful polar regions at first hand. All have been working for many years with great enthusiasm for the polar regions for Oceanwide Expeditions.

Meet some of our qualified expedition leaders and guides. Our friendly expedition staff, most of whom have been with the company for many years, will be anxious to share their enthusiasm and knowledge with their guests. They will share their knowledge in lectures on board during sea days and during field excursions; our guides come from all over the world and speak several languages.

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  1. Michel van Gessel, Oceanwide Expeditions

    Michel van Gessel
  2. Ko de Korte, Oceanwide Expeditions

    Ko de Korte
    • Name: Ko de Korte
    • Function: Consultant & Coordinator Arctic Programme
    • Nationality: Dutch
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  3. Mark van der Hulst, Oceanwide Expeditions

    Mark van der Hulst
    • Name: Mark van der Hulst
    • Function: Managing Director of Oceanwide Marine Services
    • Nationality: Dutch
    • Email address:
  4. Rima Deeb-Granado, Oceanwide Expeditions

    Rima Deeb-Granado
  5. Florian J. Piper, Oceanwide Expeditions

    Florian J. Piper
  6. Maria del Pilar Fernández, Oceanwide Expeditions

    Maria del Pilar Fernández
  7. Matt Schwachofer, Oceanwide Expeditions

    Matt Schwachofer
  8. Natascha Wisse, Oceanwide Expeditions

    Natascha Wisse
    • Name: Natascha Wisse
    • Function: Operations Manager for Oceanwide Marine Services
    • Nationality: Dutch
    • Email address:
  9. Troels Jacobsen, Oceanwide Expeditions

    Troels Jacobsen
  10. Femke Wolfert, Oceanwide Expeditions

    Femke Wolfert
  11. Mellany van der Hulst, Oceanwide Expeditions

    Mellany van der Hulst
  12. Gabi Merten, Oceanwide Expeditions

    Gabi Merten
  13. Marie Rose Porreca, Oceanwide Expeditions

    Marie Rose Porreca
    • Name: Marie Rose Porreca
    • Function: Reservations America
    • Nationality: American
    • Email address:
  14. Marina Joglar, Oceanwide Expeditions

    Marina Joglar
    • Name: Marina Joglar
    • Function: Account Assistance & Reservations
    • Nationality: American
    • Email address:
  15. Nyrée Siereveld-Verstraete, Oceanwide Expeditions

    Nyrée Siereveld-Verstraete
  1. Delphine Aurès, Oceanwide Expeditions

    Delphine Aurès
    • Name: Delphine Aurès
    • Nationality: French

    Oceanwide’s expedition vessels are like a second home to Delphine! With more than a hundred expeditions cruises achieved, she has been all around the Arctic and the Antarctic. While doing a B.S. and M.S. degree in populations’ecology, she watched a…

    Oceanwide’s expedition vessels are like a second home to Delphine! With more than a hundred expeditions cruises achieved, she has been all around the Arctic and the Antarctic. While doing a B.S. and M.S. degree in populations’ecology, she watched a TV documentary about Orcas off a very remote island named Crozet. Drawn like a magnet she went to overwinter at this Antarctic station as a wildlife biologist in 1997. After such an experience of living among albatrosses, orcas, seals and penguins, Delphine rather spend the greater time out in the field rather than being a researcher… She hence found herself boarding several expedition vessels, from powerful icebreakers to small schooners, as guide, zodiac driver and expedition leader, as well as working as a freelance journalist for magazines and TV, which also led her to more remote places. Delphine lives in France and speaks English, French and Spanish. Read more
  2. Jan Belgers, Oceanwide Expeditions

    Jan Belgers
    • Name: Jan Belgers
    • Nationality: Dutch

    Jan Belgers was born in 1965 in the Netherlands and lives in Rotterdam. He has been working as a professional outdoor guide and expedition leader for many years now. Travelling and guiding in wildernesses all over the world are his…

    Jan Belgers was born in 1965 in the Netherlands and lives in Rotterdam. He has been working as a professional outdoor guide and expedition leader for many years now. Travelling and guiding in wildernesses all over the world are his passion. His work as a guide has brought him from the high mountain ranges of the Himalayas and Andes to the extreme latitudes of Spitsbergen and Antarctica. His first steps in the Polar Regions he made in 1992 as a student, when he participated in an international winter expedition to the Weddell Sea in Antarctica. Since then he has joined several (research) expeditions to remote places in the northern and southern oceans. Jan feels at home on the sea, due to his background in marine biology, and is one of the expedition leaders on our sailing ship, the Noorderlicht. He lectures on natural history, biology and polar history and is a polar literature fanatic. Read more
  3. Rinie van Meurs, Oceanwide Expeditions

    Rinie van Meurs
    • Name: Rinie van Meurs
    • Nationality: Dutch

    Rinie has been expedition leader since 1989 (20 years) and has lead almost 200 expeditions in Franz Joseph Land, Greenland, Canadian Arctic, Scottish Islands, Antarctica and the Sub Antarctic. Spitsbergen (Svalbard) has become so familiar to him, it is like…

    Rinie has been expedition leader since 1989 (20 years) and has lead almost 200 expeditions in Franz Joseph Land, Greenland, Canadian Arctic, Scottish Islands, Antarctica and the Sub Antarctic. Spitsbergen (Svalbard) has become so familiar to him, it is like his back yard; no other person has done so many expedition cruises in this archipelago (over a 100 expeditions)! After he finished his formal education in Forestry Management and Nature Conservation in 1981 in the Netherlands, he travelled around the world to photograph and study wildlife. He stayed for almost a year in the Falkland Islands. He is an excellent wildlife photographer and many of his photographs have been published in magazines and photo books. He has written several books about the Polar Regions including a coffee table style book about areas "off the beaten track". During the season 1994-95 he was rated by the Argentinean Antarctic Institute as Leader of Safest Zodiac Operations aboard Tourist Ships. Read more
  4. Kelvin Murray, Oceanwide Expeditions

    Kelvin Murray
    • Name: Kelvin Murray
    • Nationality: British

    A world-class diver with multiple instructor ratings plus commercial and technical diving qualifications, Kelvin over-wintered in Antarctica as Field Diving Officer for the British Antarctic Survey [BAS]. Managing the only scientific diving programme that consistently dives throughout the Antarctic winter…

    A world-class diver with multiple instructor ratings plus commercial and technical diving qualifications, Kelvin over-wintered in Antarctica as Field Diving Officer for the British Antarctic Survey [BAS]. Managing the only scientific diving programme that consistently dives throughout the Antarctic winter allowed Kelvin to participate in several hundred dives in this challenging environment. Recently, he initiated and managed an exploratory dive expedition to the Antarctic island of South Georgia, and is currently developing a new film with the BBC Natural History Unit featuring various large, toothy marine mammals! Kelvin has supervised over 1,200 polar dives in the Antarctic and Arctic, discovering and exploring new sites in these icy realms. Whether spotting for Polar bears, lecturing about Walrus, sitting with penguins or hiking with Musk ox his enthusiasm for nature in all its forms is infectious. Prior to working for BAS, Kelvin was Education Officer for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. In addition he is an ardent advocate for sharks and has dived with several species of these much-misunderstood animals. Kelvin lives in his native Scotland where he still enjoys incredible diving and wildlife encounters. He is soon to encounter his most fearsome beast yet with his mostly thrilling adventure – impending fatherhood! ”I can say unequivocally that you were our best Expedition Leader yet. Your style of combining safety and humor with strict environmental protocols hit a perfect balance.” Mary K. Gadams, CEO Racing The Planet, January 2013 “Kelvin was the best Divemaster we could hope for – friendly, ‘in-control’, knowledgeable and clearly himself still awed by Antarctica and its wildlife.” Guest Diver, March 2012 “I've worked with a number of Expedition Leaders but you have set the new standard for sure - a great balance of professionalism and fun, the way it should be. It was a great working environment.” Expedition Staff, February 2012 Read more
  5. Philipp Schaudy, Oceanwide Expeditions

    Philipp Schaudy
    • Name: Philipp Schaudy
    • Nationality: Austrian

    I hold a Master degree in Physical Geography and studied in Austria, Iceland and Svalbard. Being a restless traveller and adventurer, a passionate alpinist and endurance sportsman, I love the outdoors and try to keep my life exciting. I have…

    I hold a Master degree in Physical Geography and studied in Austria, Iceland and Svalbard. Being a restless traveller and adventurer, a passionate alpinist and endurance sportsman, I love the outdoors and try to keep my life exciting. I have visited more than 80 countries and set foot on all continents. I mostly travel by bicycle; in sum 120.000 kilometres so far. Back in Austria I earn my living by public talks on my long trips and expeditions. Since my first visit to Svalbard in 1998, it is dragging me far beyond the polar circle every year. From January 2004 to October 2006, my wife Valeska and I lived year round in Longyearbyen and experienced not only the midnight sun but also the magic of the polar night. It was in these years that I started working as a tour guide: in the cold months leading snowmobile-trips into Svalbard’s wilderness, during summers taking guests hiking and on glaciers. Since 2005 I am connected to Oceanwide Expeditions, as a guide, lecturer and expedition leader on voyages to some of the wildest places on earth - Svalbard, Greenland and Antarctica. I am a victim of the polar virus; and be aware – it is contagious! Read more
  6. Jim Mayer, Oceanwide Expeditions

    Jim Mayer
    • Name: Jim Mayer
    • Nationality: British

    Jim has been travelling in the Arctic and Antarctic for the last 20 years. He started on a student expedition to catch and ring Barnacle Geese on Svalbard in 1990. Since then has led expeditions in Arctic Norway, Iceland, Greenland…

    Jim has been travelling in the Arctic and Antarctic for the last 20 years. He started on a student expedition to catch and ring Barnacle Geese on Svalbard in 1990. Since then has led expeditions in Arctic Norway, Iceland, Greenland and Svalbard. Jim attempted to ski the length of Svalbard from south to north but had to give up when all his food was eaten by polar bears. In 2000 he made the mistake of accidentally skiing 560km across the Greenland Icecap. His work for the British Antarctic Survey at the Rothera Station has been described as a load of rubbish. Jim was responsible for waste management at the base. Jim enjoys driving the Zodiacs and has clocked–up almost 3,000 nautical miles in Svalbard and Greenland. For Oceanwide, Jim was on the expedition team of the maiden voyages of the Plancius to South Georgia and the Antarctic in January 2010 and is pleased to be on board again! " Jim's biography of Ernest Shackleton, "A Life in Poetry" is now available, visit www.facebook.com/shackletonalifeinpoetry for more information." Read more
  7. Robin Buzza, Oceanwide Expeditions

    Robin Buzza
    • Name: Robin Buzza
    • Nationality: British

    Robin Buzza spent 25 years on Svalbard. During these years he dog-sledged over most of Spitsbergen, including the eastern islands, wintered in a trapper's cabin in the far north, and completed many expeditions both summer and winter. Robin ran his…

    Robin Buzza spent 25 years on Svalbard. During these years he dog-sledged over most of Spitsbergen, including the eastern islands, wintered in a trapper's cabin in the far north, and completed many expeditions both summer and winter. Robin ran his own dog sledging company, Arctic Wilderness Experience, from a base outside Longyearbyen for 12 years. He grew up in East Africa and was then sent to England to complete his schooling, though never settled in the country. After military service, he rowed an open boat alone for 12 weeks from the Shetland Isles to Norway's North Cape, a journey that has yet to be repeated. Robin moved to Spitsbergen immediately after the row. He was the trail-blazer and Executive Officer for The 5th World Wilderness Congress (Tromsø 1993), and organiser and Secretary for the 1994 International Ecophilosophical Symposium, held in Longyearbyen. Robin has received the "Wild Man" award from the WILD Foundation, USA, for ‘extraordinary commitment to nature conservation.' He has written two books about adventurous periods in his life and was co-editor of "Deep Ecology in the High Arctic", published by the Norwegian Polar Institute. The arctic wilderness has been his home for over 30 years, and he enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience with like-minded people, though he still believes that the best 5 star accommodation is a tent far from civilization. He now lives with his partner, Kitty, and their three children on the remote island of Finnøy, N.Norway. Read more
  8. Don McFadzien, Oceanwide Expeditions

    Don McFadzien
    • Name: Don McFadzien
    • Nationality: New Zealander

    Don McFadzien - Expedition Leader, Mountain Guide. Don is an experienced mountain and ski guide, and outdoor pursuits professional. He has instructed at New Zealand's Outward Bound School, and spent many years guiding skiing and climbing in the Mount Cook…

    Don McFadzien - Expedition Leader, Mountain Guide. Don is an experienced mountain and ski guide, and outdoor pursuits professional. He has instructed at New Zealand's Outward Bound School, and spent many years guiding skiing and climbing in the Mount Cook region in New Zealand's Southern Alps. For a brief time, he was a teacher. As an Expedition Leader, Don has led voyages to both the Antarctic and the Arctic. His Antarctic work has included the Falklands, South Georgia, the Antarctic Peninsula, New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic Islands, Macquarie Island, the Ross Sea and East Antarctica. Don has been visiting the Antarctic regularly since 2002, when he first attempted the Shackleton’s crossing on South Georgia. In the Arctic he has been Expeditions Leader to the Scottish Isles, Norwegian Fiords, Spitsbergen and Greenland. Read more

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