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
For well over a decade, Robin West has led expeditions on all seven continents. In 2008 Robin was asked to join Silversea Expeditions as Expedition Leader, and has now led more expeditions for Silversea than any other Expedition Leader in the industry. It is his passion for travel and love for the ocean that keeps him exploring the world.
Juan Carlos Restrepo, Expedition Leader
Juan Carlos Restrepo’s passion for travel and the great outdoors have taken him to all continents and oceans of the world. He obtained his Masters degree in Geology from the Universidad de Caldas, in Colombia. Juan spends his time between Antarctica and the high Arctic, both as Expedition Leader and Geology Lecturer.
Daniil Elterman, Assistant Expedition Leader
Daniil Elterman has an unrelenting passion for the sea. He is always eager to discover new places and dash to exciting adventures. Anyone can see by his dedication, that cruising and exploring are his calling. Daniil currently spends more than half the year at sea, where he works as Assistant Expedition Leader.
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.
Stefan Kredel, Geologist
Never the idle tourist, Stefan Kredel has cycled throughout Europe, traversed Nepal’s Annapurna Circle, hiked the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, and explored copper, gold and diamond mines in Austria, Italy, South Africa, and his native Germany. He has travelled extensively throughout Iceland, Greenland, and the North Pole regions.