Our staff

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

  • 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.

Traveling and wilderness guiding are his passions. His work as a guide has brought him from the high ranges of the Himalayas and Andes to the extreme latitudes of Spitsbergen and Antarctica.

He took his first steps in the polar regions as a student in 1992, participating in an international winter expedition to Antarctica’s Weddell Sea. Since then he has joined several research expeditions to remote places in the Arctic and Antarctic Oceans.

Jan feels at home on the sea due to his background in marine biology, and he is one of the expedition leaders on our historic schooner, Noorderlicht.

He lectures on natural history and biology, and is a confirmed polar literature fanatic.

  • Mariela Cornejo
  • Function: Expedition leader and guide
  • Nationality: 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.

  • Martin Berg
  • Function: Expedition leader and guide
  • Nationality: Swedish

Martin is a keen birder and botanist and has been involved in several research projects with a focus on seabird ecology and conservation.

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

Activity staff

  • Paul Donovan
  • Function: Kayak Leader & Advisor
  • Nationality: 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.

By the age of 19, Paul was managing and delivering an outdoor program for Sport Wales, which was the catalyst for carving out a career in adventure activities.

Paul studied sports science at the Cardiff Institute of Higher Education before taking up a lecturing post to train future adventure activity instructors.

As a teacher, lecturer, and outdoor activity coach, Paul has over 35 years of experience working with public, private, and voluntary organizations.

He provides rewarding opportunities for personal and social development in the UK and throughout the world.

Paul’s expertise as a paddler and mountaineer has enabled him to explore many of the rivers, seas, and mountains of the seven continents.

He also runs his own business for outdoor activity coaching, technical consulting, trekking, mountaineering, and kayaking. In addition,

Paul has been a freelance inspector for the Adventurous Activities Licensing Service (AALS).

Currently he is a freelance inspector for Adventuremark and Learning Outside the Classroom, a quality assurance officer and internal verifier for Canoe Wales, project manager for AdventureSmart.UK, and chair of the Wales Adventure Tourism Organisation (WATO) and the Outdoor Alliance in Wales.

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

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

  • Henrik Enckell
  • Function: Dive Team Leader & Advisor
  • Nationality: Swedish

Henrik is an experienced dive leader, rebreather instructor trainer, and one of the first dive masters to bring tourists diving in Antarctica.

Captains

  • Yury Marin
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationality: 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.

Yury attended Rybinsk River College, after which he enjoyed a short period of work on river cruise vessels and the Moscow Social Academy of water transport. Later he was employed with the Murmansk Shipping Company, for which he worked on cargo carriers.

In 2008 he started sailing in north Russia, where he discovered his deep enjoyment of ice navigation. He then made his first visit to Antarctica in 2009, sailing for five months with the Indian Antarctic Expedition​, and since then has worked in Antarctica and the Arctic on a yearly basis.

Yury has crossed all longitudes of Antarctica, received accolades for consecutive seasons spent there, and has served as a chief officer on an icebreaker for the US Antarctic Program in the Ross Sea.

In 2014 he began working for Oceanwide, and as of 2019 has been a captain on m/v Ortelius.

  • Evgeny Levakov
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationality: 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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  • Arthur Yakovlev
  • Function: Captain
  • Nationality: Russian

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

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