Jeroen van de Waal

Founder & Chief Orca

Jeroen van de Waal is a multilingual, Dutch entrepreneur and conservationist. Through his company, OrcaNation, he teaches children and young adults to scuba dive, introducing them to the beauty and wonder of the underwater world. Jeroen is on a mission to foster a generation of ‘ocean ambassadors’, who have the passion, drive, and determination to reverse humankind’s destruction of the sea.

Together We Can Turn Tides – A Manifesto To Save The Oceans, Planet and Ourselves is the first of Jeroen’s publications. The book has received acclaim across Asia and is now making its way across Europe and the USA. Several thousand copies are now in circulation – many of them requested by schools and youth organizations, which are embracing Jeroen’s concept of conservation and education through outdoor adventure.

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Leadership Team

Andrew Dyne

Director of School Sales & Business Development

Andrew joined us in Jan 2020 following a very successful 7-year stint at Ecofieldtrips. He brings a wealth of experience in this industry, and will help drive OrcaNation for Schools to the forefront of outdoor & environmental education in SEA. Andrew is a very keen sportsman & in his spare time you'll likely find him on a football pitch, cricket field or tennis court. He is very passionate about getting students learning outside of the classroom and hopes to play a key role in driving the next generation of global thinkers.

Will Hardy

Schools Programme Manager

After completing his degree in Physical Geography from the University of Sheffield , Will was determined to build a career in the natural environments that have fascinated him since childhood. He worked in national parks in Hawaii and the UK, before arriving in Singapore (on his bicycle) to facilitate field trips for schools. He has conducted and organised well over 100 field trips around South East Asia to diverse locations such as Sri Lanka and Mt Kinabalu. He has a wealth of experience in delivering and leading quality and bespoke educational experiences for school groups of up to 200 students. Will joined OrcaNation in 2020 as our Schools Programme Manager to develop our school trip business.

Claire Price

Finance Controller

Claire is an internationally experienced chartered accountant, trained and qualified at KPMG. With over 15 years experience in senior finance roles across many industries, specialising in designing and optimising internal controls, financial processes and governance structures for finance teams and businesses, as well as focusing on financial and management reporting, financial planning including budgeting and treasury management.

Andrew Chalmers

Business Advisory Board

Andrew is an Ernst & Young trained chartered accountant and a globally-experienced board director, principal-investment professional and turnaround expert with a proven ability to drive transformation change and value-creation in the most challenging businesses. Andrew has served some of the world’s wealthiest families and has an exceptional track record having creating over US$ 2 billion of shareholder value globally. Andrew has led companies (or been an active board director) in London, Singapore, Dubai, Philippines, India, Australia, Chile, Ecuador, Nigeria, Brazil, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

Angelo Roxas

Business Advisory Board

With 20+ years of professional experience in investment banking and management consulting, Angelo has worked directly with C-Suite executives focusing on the intersection between information technology, business strategy and business transformation. Angelo was the Managing Director of Booz Allen Hamilton in ASEAN, based in Singapore. His focus was to define and implement cyber strategy, data analytics and management consulting in the region.

Angelo is a co-founder and advisor to a number of start-up companies and social enterprises and is the former President of the Penn and Wharton Alumni Club of Singapore. He is also the current Chair for Cybersecurity at the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.

Charlie Rubin

Chief of Conservation and Education

Charlie Rubin is a Professor in Earth Sciences focusing on earthquakes and tsunamis of Asia. His wanderlust swept him to Asia in 2011 when he was appointed Founding Chair of the Asian School of the Environment at NTU, Singapore. His PADI Divemaster training enabled him to work on liveaboards guiding dive expeditions and seeking pristine coral reefs, schooling fish, and remote islands; he has found underwater paradise in Alor, Australia, Bali, Banda Sea, Komodo, and Raja Ampat. Charlie also teaches a coral ecology and biodiversity class in eastern Bali. He is a PADI Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor, and a DAN O2 provider trainer. In 2017, he joined OrcaNation as Chief of Conservation and Education.

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Dive Base Managers

Britney

Britney was introduced to scuba diving at the young age of 13 by her mother. Born and raised on the east coast of South Africa, she was lucky enough to have the diverse Indian Ocean at her fingertips and this is where her passion for the ocean emerged. After finishing high school, she went straight into her Divemaster course and is now a PADI IDC Staff Instructor.

Cameron

Surrounded by a family of divers, Cameron knew from a very young age, a life underwater was for him. When he was 16, he completed his PADI Open Water and Advanced diving courses. He has now decided to dedicate his life to exploring and teaching others about the beauty of the ocean. Cameron is a PADI IDC Staff Instructor and has worked all over South Africa, Mozambique, Malaysia, and Koh Tao.

Matthieu

Matthieu started diving when he was 8 years old in Northern France. in 2008 he became a scuba diving instructor, qualifying in the Dominican Republic and he's been teaching diving ever since. He is passionate about scuba diving, marine life and even more about transferring his knowledge and experience to new and experienced divers alike.

Safety, environment, and diver satisfaction have always been top priority. Matthieu has taught globally in the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Maldives, Canary Islands, Thailand, Mexico, Indonesia and Malaysia.

OrcaNation Team

At OrcaNation, we work hard to attract, train and develop the best in the business.
Our OrcaPod members bring a wealth of talent, scuba diving experience, professionalism and enthusiasm to the role of OrcaNation Dive Professional. We constantly and consistently receive rave reviews about our team, whose passion for diving and love of teaching and guiding scuba divers of all levels of experience makes every dive truly special.
Quite simply, our team is incredible and we have complete confidence that when you dive with a member of the OrcaPod you will see the difference that diving The Orca Way makes.

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