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

  • Mariela Cornejo
  • Function: Expedition leader and guide
  • Nationaliteit: Argentinian

Mariela was born in Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world, and lived through the process of her own land becoming the Province of Tierra del Fuego.

Living at the door to Antarctica and reading stories about Nordenskjöld and the local hero, Sobral, she could not avoid dreaming about adventuring even farther south.

Raised far from the city in the central valley of the South Andes, Mariela practiced all kinds of winter sports: Nordic skiing, splitboarding, biathlons, skijoring, mushing, and ice skating, just to name a few.

She has participated in biathlon world championships and also several international competitions, giving her the opportunity to travel around the world.

During summers, she likes outdoor activities like camping in the mountains, hiking, paddling, paragliding, kitesurfing, and climbing.

Her first season in Antarctica was in 2014, and since then, the polar bug has infected her in such a way that she cannot stop returning.

The history, wildlife, and geology of the southern polar regions eventually led her to plan her first season to the Arctic.

Mariela used to spend winters in Ushuaia, guiding snowmobile excursions in the central valley of Tierra del Fuego and leading snowshoeing and cross-country skiing groups.

But since the 2019 boreal summer, she has started adventuring in the Arctic regions.

Join Mariela on a Zodiac cruise, a walk around the beach, or out on the decks of the ship to share some great stories, look for amazing wildlife, and capture some amazing photos!

  • Jan Belgers
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: 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.

  • Rinie van Meurs
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch

Rinie van Meurs has been an expedition leader since 1989, leading hundreds of expeditions all over the polar regions. The Arctic island of Spitsbergen, the largest in the Svalbard archipelago, is as familiar to him as his own back yard.

  • Beau Pruneau
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Canadian
  • Laurence Dyke
  • Function: Expedition leader and guide
  • Nationaliteit: British
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  • Birgit Lutz
  • Function: Expedition Leader
  • Nationaliteit: German
  • Ali Liddle
  • Function: Expedition leader and guide
  • Nationaliteit: British
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  • Christian Engelke
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: German
  • Philipp Schaudy
  • Function: Expedition leader
  • Nationaliteit: Austrian
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  • Katja Riedel
  • Function: Expedition leader and guide
  • Nationaliteit: German
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  • Adam Turner
  • Function: Expedition leader and guide
  • Nationaliteit: British
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  • Martin Berg
  • Function: Expedition leader and guide
  • Nationaliteit: Swedish
  • Sara Jenner
  • Function: Expedition leader and guide
  • Nationaliteit: British
  • Florence Kuyper
  • Function: Expedition leader and guide
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch

Activity staff

  • 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.

Henrik has been diving for over 25 years and teaches all levels of recreational and technical diving up to Advanced Trimix CCR.

He runs the IART (International Association of Rebreather Trainers) Regional Office for Northern Europe and is a member of the IART Board of Advisors.

Henrik is a keen wreck diver and has been involved in deep-wreck expeditions all over the world. Some of the interesting wrecks he has visited are the WW2 disasters General von Steuben and Wilhelm Gustloff in the Baltic as well as the HMS Victoria ("the vertical wreck") at 145 meters (475 feet) off the Lebanese coast.

His interest in both the ocean and space has engaged him in projects with the European Space Agency (Mars500 Project) and SeaSpace Exploration and Research Society (Project Poseidon), among others.

He has a military background, having served in peace keeping and enforcing missions in the Middle East and former Yugoslavia.

He has been leading dive expeditions in Antarctica and the Arctic for almost 20 years in remote and challenging waters, many of which have never been dived before.

Henrik holds an M.Sc. Degree in Electrical Engineering and works in the automotive industry when not traveling the polar regions.

He has lived and worked in Tokyo for two years but currently lives in India with his wife, three teenage daughters, and five-year-old son.

  • Paul Donovan
  • Function: Kayak Leader & Advisor
  • Nationaliteit: British

Paul was born and brought up in the valleys of South Wales. He began kayaking and climbing at the age of 14, thanks to opportunities in school.

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

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

Captains

  • Arthur Yakovlev
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Russian

Arthur Yakovlev was born in Petrozavodsk, the capital and largest city of the Republic of Karelia, in northwestern Russia.

At the age of 15, he started training at the Maritime College in Petrozavodsk, where he graduated in 1999. At 18 he began his career as a seaman on a dry cargo vessel.

One year later, he was promoted as third officer on the same type of vessel, and later as second officer, working on various cargo vessels until 2007.

That same year, Arthur began work as a second officer on the passenger vessel Marina Cvetaeva, now Ortelius. As of 2008 he has worked for Oceanwide Expeditions, and in 2019 became a captain on Plancius.

Arthur never dreamed that most of his career would be spent in the polar waters, but he considers this his destiny and would not have it any other way.

He is married and has a son, and during vacation he enjoys spending most of his time with his family, while also traveling and enjoying nature.

  • Yury Marin
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Russian

Born in Rybinsk, Russia, Yury Marin began sailing on small sporting yachts at the age of nine. By age 16, he was already preparing for a life of sailing the world's rivers and seas.

  • 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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  • Ernesto Barria
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Chilean
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  • Alexander Schmidt
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: German
  • Remmert Koster
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch

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
  • Nyrée Siereveld-Verstraete
  • Function: Account Assistant
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Matt Cutts
  • Function: Senior Content Writer
  • Nationaliteit: American
  • Mark van der Hulst
  • Function: COO
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Gabi Merten
  • Function: Reservations for the German speaking market
  • Nationaliteit: German
  • Franklin Braeckman
  • Function: Marketing & Sales Manager
  • Nationaliteit: Belgian
  • Mellany van der Hulst
  • Function: Marketing & Inhouse Design
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Ko de Korte
  • Function: Consultant
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
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  • Erik Hageman
  • Function: CFO
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Rowan Keur
  • Function: Reservations
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Ad van Bokhoven
  • Function: Finance
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Adam Turner
  • Function: Field Operations Manager
  • Nationaliteit: British
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  • Michel van Gessel
  • Function: CEO
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Marina Joglar
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nationaliteit: American
  • Sietse Vonk
  • Function: Ship Operations for Marine Services
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Loraine van Huizen
  • Function: Internet Marketeer
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Toto Vermue
  • Function: Reservations
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Ingrid van de Loo
  • Function: Food & Beverage Manager for Marine Services
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Geert Kroes
  • Function: Art Director
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Elza Back
  • Function: Account Assistant
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Sebastiaan Schijf
  • Function: Financial Controller
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Maria del Pilar Fernandez
  • Function: International Sales Manager
  • Nationaliteit: Chilean
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  • Marie Rose Porreca
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nationaliteit: American
  • Femke Wolfert
  • Function: Staffing Manager
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Piet Vink
  • Function: Senior Technical Manager for Marine Services
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Majanda Fens
  • Function: Reservations Manager
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Andreas Diesing
  • Function: Key Account Manager for the German speaking countries
  • Nationaliteit: German
  • Grace Vidal
  • Function: Reservations, North-America
  • Nationaliteit: American
  • Iris van Zalinge
  • Function: HR & Staffing
  • Nationaliteit: Dutch
  • Florian J. Piper
  • Function: Arctic Program Coordinator
  • Nationaliteit: German
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