Leaders & Assistant Leaders
Please note: Staff and voyages reflect current schedule, substitutions may occur.
Conrad Combrink, Director Expedition Cruises
As Director of Expedition Cruises, Conrad is in charge of strategic planning for all expedition itineraries, programme development, and oversees expedition staff recruitment. Conrad also has an active role on many Silversea Expeditions as Senior Expedition Leader.
Robin West, Expedition Leader
Robin West is most in his element when surrounded by nature and water. He began working on expedition ships as a Zodiac Driver, moving up to Staff Assistant and later to Expedition Leader. He now works full-time aboard cruise ships, voyaging to the far reaches of the earth.
Juan Carlos Restrepo, Expedition Leader
With a geology degree from the Universidad de Caldas in Colombia, and a thesis relating to coastal geomorphology, Juan Carlos Restrepo left the Colombian Andes on a trek around the world, working on board different vessels in various capacities from organising dives and water sport activities to driving the Zodiacs and lecturing on geology of the diverse places he and his passengers visit.
Daniil Elterman, Assistant Expedition Leader
Daniil Elterman’s has travelled around the world, first by air as a crewmember for Aer Lingus, and then by sea when, in 2008, he joined the Expedition Team for the launch of Silversea Expeditions aboard the Silver Explorer.
Jarda Versloot, Assistant Expedition Leader
With an energetic spirit that has taken her to the world’s most remote corners, Jarda Versloot is a native of Amsterdam, who now resides in South Africa and has explored all seven continents, including Antarctica, the South Pacific, Papua New Guinea, the Northern Marianas, Japan, Australia, the Indian Ocean, the British Isles and Australia.
Kara Weller, Expedition Leader and Biologist
Kara Weller has always had a passion for travel and for the biology of the natural world. Growing up in Alaska, she first became interested in wildlife when bears and moose constantly visited the woods next to her house. Kara has earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in wildlife biology, with research experiences that range from studying whales in the Bering Sea to mouflon sheep in Eastern Europe.