47 years old:
Company director, for agnès b. for over 20 years. A confirmed sailor, he's been passionate about sailing since he was a boy. He is now Tara's owner and co-director of the Tara Arctic 2007-2008 program alongside Bernard Buigues. Loyal to Jean-Louis Etienne's and Sir Peter Blake's objectives, his goal is to contribute to the knowledge and protection of our planet by involving Tara in this decade's great challenges. Several trips to the Arctic and the North Pole convinced him of our environment's growing frailty. His personal investment and experience running a company are a guarantee of the proper management of a project of this scope.
51 years old :
He has been organizing expeditions to the North Pole and Siberia for over 15 years. He's director of the Mammuthus project, which is at the origin of the most recent paleontology findings in Siberia (the Jarkov and Yukagir mammoths shown at 2005's Universal Exhibition in Japan). He developed a logistical base at Khatanga in Northern Siberia from which high latitude expeditions are launched.
His experience in Russia along with the technical and political network he has established help solving the bureaucratic issues likely to arise during this type of program.
53 years old :
As a scientific coordinator and consultant for several polar missions, he has over 20 years of experience in the Arctic and the Antarctic. The knowledge and database he has acquired make him one of the prime specialists in this field. He has participated in many published works and is currently developing a series on Polar Regions. He and the program's partners are the scientific, educational and technical interface.
Gamet Agamyrzayev : Russe, de septembre 2006 à avril 2007, spécialiste en base polaire.
Guillaume Boehler : Français, de avril 2007 à septembre 2007, chef mécanicien.
Denys Bourget : Français, de septembre 2006 à avril 2007, médecin.
Jean Festy : Français, de avril 2007 à septembre 2007, scientifique du programme Damocles.
Victor Karasev : Russe, de septembre 2006 à avril 2007, spécialiste en base polaire.
Timo Palo : Estonien, de avril 2007 à septembre 2007, scientifique du programme Damocles.
Nicolas Quentin : Français, de septembre 2006 à avril 2007, chef mécanicien.
Charles Terrin : Monégasque, de avril 2007 à septembre 2007, équipier.
Bruno Vienne : Français, de septembre 2006 à avril 2007, cinéaste
Matthieu Weber : Français, de septembre 2006 à avril 2007, scientifique du programme Damocles.
35 years old, New Zealander - chief of expedition
Training: Masters of Environmental Science, Skipper diploma, Divemaster
Experience: Grant has spent three seasons as a scientific technician at Scott Base, a New-Zealand scientific base located in the Antarctic. Grant has a great experience in diving and mountaineering. He is part of Tara Expeditions since 2005.
His many skills, his aptitude to communicate and his awareness of today's environmental issues make him the ideal expedition chief of Tara Arctic 2007-2008
35 years old - French - Captain of Tara
Training: Skipper Certificate, General Machine Operation Certificate, Aptitude Certificate for life-saving appliances
10 years of offshore fishing, Skipper on a net-fisher, Teacher at the professional maritime high school of St Malo
40 years old- French - Doctor
Training: specialty in emergency and sinister medicine at the University of Paris V
Qualification as General practitioner
Medicine PHd, University of Paris XI
Diploma of tropical medicine
Doctor and station chief of the franco-italian Antarctica base Concordia for more than a year
Chief doctor of the Amsterdam island, French territory of the Antarctic and austral land for more than a year
52 years old- French- Member of the scientific Damocles programme
Research engineer at the CNRS at LOCEAN (Oceanographic and Climate Laboratory: experiments and digital approach). In charge of the on board Damocles oceanographic programme.
Training: ENSTA engineer (maritime engineering) Paris 1977. Doctor in thermodynamic (INPL Nancy 1982).
Experience: participated in Tara’s setting in the ice and to the April rotation. He has ensured up till now the inland technical monitoring of Damocles onboard experiments.
Participated previously to several expeditions in the Arctic and the Antarctic for the CNR or privately.
50 years old -Russian-Damocles scientific programme
Training: Masters degree from the Leningrad Hydrometeorological Institute faculty of oceanology
Experience: After being an engineer oceanologis at the Leningrad Department of State Oceanographical Institute and research scientist of the Baltic Sea Laboratory and Laboratory of thermohydrodynamic regime, Alexander Petrov has been working since 2003 in AARI in the Sea ice data world center-B in the department of regime and forecast as senior engineer.
Alexander Petrov has taken part in numerous expeditions. In 2006-2007 he took part in the Russian –Antarctic expedition on the Progress station and participated in NABOS projects between 2004 and 2006.
24 years old- French- Masters student- Marion is in charge of a biology programme with the Centre d’Océanologie in Marseille and the of food supplies and cooking on board.
Training: Master II Environment and Ecology, bachelors in organisms’ biology.
Experience: Two seasons at the Glénan sailing school as steward. She participated in the Clipperton expedition of Jean-Louis Etienne as an eco- volunteer. She helped prepare Tara in September 2005 and was the cook during the conveyance of the ship to Siberia during the summer of 2006.
34 years old, Norway
Training: Bachelor degree in chemistry and business, and one year training on outdoor education.
Audun is from Lillehammer where skiing and the outdoors was a big part of growing up. The last 12 years he has been guiding people in nature. Mainly white water rafting, but the last few winters he has worked at Svalbard with polar dogs and snowmobiles. His knowledge of the cold and the management of people in the wild will improve the security on the base. In between seasons he has worked as a carpenter
29 years old- French- Second mechanic
Training captain 200 UMS (sailing). Mechanic 750 Kw- Sailing instructor
Diver level 4/ Class 2B- Pilot certificate for para motor planes
Experience : Four years at the sailing school “Les Glénan” of which two seasons as responsible of the base. He was part of Jean-Louis Etienne’s team during the Clipperton expedition as logistician to organise the diving activities. Sailor and diver on Tara, he has participated in the expeditions in Southern Georgia in 2005/2006 and following the preparation of the boat for the drift in 2006 participated to the convoying of the boat to Siberia
40 years old - French – Journalist
Training: masters of economic science and graduate degree in journalism
Experience: transatlantic and coastal navigation in the past twenty years.
Onboard, Vincent will film and take pictures of the expedition starting in September and until the boat and the crew returns to land.
Motivation: to experience and to tell the daily life of a polar scientific expedition of which the mission is to provide new scientific data on the regional climate evolution.
31 years old-American-artist
Training: Masters of Fine Arts in photography from Hunter College in New York City (2005)
In 2005, Ellie Ga was the first artist in residence at the Explorers Club in New York where she worked on the project “The catalogue of the Lost”, researching early expeditions in the Arctic. Ellie Ga was interested in particular on researching the first photographs of this region. Combining real and imaginary footage, her project has taken the form of artists’ books, photographic installations and public performances.
On board Tara, Ellie Ga will pursue her Arctic project by documenting the poetics of everyday life and by exploring on how to communicate extreme conditions such as silence, darkness and cold?
Among different materials, she will work with a hand-made Pinhole camera, Super-8 camera, digital camera, Polaroid camera and sound recorder.
70 years old:
-the administrative head of Tara Arctic 2007-2008
With over 50 years of experience, Philippe Clais has dominated the marine : by serving as capitan to commercial transporters, as inspector for leisure sailing, manager of a tourist harbor, and consultant for nautical industries. He is a member of the national committee for safe sailing and the higher council of sea sports, committee of capitans and officers of the merchant fleet
32 years old:
Project coordinator for the Tara Actic 2007-2008
With a double degree in biotechnology and buisness management, Romain is equally known for his athletic skills and participations in the America's Cup in 2000 and 2003. The past three years have seen him responsible for logistical projects in the arctic within Cerpolex. He has been coordinating the Tara Arctic 2007-2008 project since the very beginning.
30 years old :
-In charge of the internet site and communication for Tara Arctic 2007-2008
A graduate in journalism at ESJ Paris, Eloise Fontaine's career began as contributor to the site www.ledefi.com for the French during the last America's Cup in Auckland. Afterwards she created an online information magazine : www.lemagazine.info becoming head of the sports section. Her adventure with "Tara Expeditions" began in December 2004.
42 years old :
36 years old
An engineer by training, Michael Pitiot is the author of expedition accounts (published by Glénat, Gallimard and Presses de la Renaissance) and of documentaries for France2, France5 and Arte. He shoots in 1991 his first tv reportage on humanitarian emergency in Zaïre and Rwanda, continues with the production of short foreign subjects before becoming for five years special adviser to the Vietnamese television. He finally leaves Asia at the helm of a Chinese junk and leads the Sao Mai expedition to France. In 2001, the reporter Arnaud de la Grange asks him to lead the journalists and authors' team of
the "Portes d'Afrique" operation. He is presently coordinating the televised production of Tara Arctic 2007-2008.
34 years old
In charge of special events Tara-Arctic 2007-2008.
After spending ten years in the Hachette group, first as responsible for products direct marketing then as responsible for the promotion of the weekly magazines Version Femina and TV Hebdo, Myriam joined the Tara land based crew in 2006. She manages the special events of the expedition and is also in charge of the exhibition programme. Myriam loves nothing more than a challenge and Tara is one of them.
43 years old
American based in France, Caroline has been a communication consultant in the past 15 years. She started her career by coordinating an exchange programme on European issues for American students at science po. She then became a consultant in corporate communication and managed pr and public affairs. At Publicis, she was project manager programme for the introduction of the euro banknotes and coins and coordinated that programme in the 12 euro countries.
At Tara, she is in charge of foreign press relations, international projects and translations in English.
55 years old
He has been at turns a teacher, photographer, client for the renovation of old buildings and project leader for major information systems. He has also personally produced cultural projects in urban or polar settings. Within Tara Expéditions, he is in charge of partnerships, institutional relations and relations with the education sector.
Tara has also as collborators Jean Collet, François Bergez, Thierry Mansir, François Sicard, Hélène Santener et Brigitte Sabard.
Francis Latreille is the photographer of the expedition.