Armawan goes by the nickname Momo, and he originally comes from the State of Sarawak in western Borneo. Momo is a divemaster, project coordinator, manager and all around hilarious and fun human being. He’s a fixture of any and every aquatic program we create in Malaysian Borneo.
Gisèle is from Rurutu, French Polynesia and is the matriarch of our operations here. From coordinating our swims, preparing meals and getting the house ready, Gisèle is an essential team member on the ground. She is also the chairperson of the local tourism committee and is very involved in bringing eco and community-based tourism to Rurutu.
Jhon is a member of the Alas tribe and comes from the small village of Ketambe on the edge of the Gunung Leuser Rainforest. His home is one of the last remaining homes of wild orangutans, along with a plethora of jungle wildlife. He’s been a wildlife trekking guide for twenty years and is extremely experienced with the ways of the jungle.
Salah comes from a long line of native Socotris. His grandfather started Socotra's first endemic tree nursery in Hadibo, and Salah continued on with his family's legacy by studying botany and ecology. He's an experienced guide and local flora and fauna expert, and has lead scientific research teams on the island.
Slava comes from Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. A land of untouched wilderness, volcanoes, bears, wolverines and forests, this is Russia’s Alaska. He started out as a national nature park ranger before starting his our guiding programs deep into the wilderness. He lives half the year in Kamchatka and the other half in Vancouver, Canada.
Nahuma is our boat captain, experienced whale-watcher, fishermen and local community leader from Rurutu. He was born on the island and learned traditional fishing from a young age. He’s a musician and member of a Polynesian dance troupe that’s toured around the world. Nahuma is also head of the local protestant church in Rurutu.
Matt is a documentarian, consultant, locational manager, expedition leader and Inertia co-founder from Vancouver, BC. He’s lead projects in numerous outlier destinations including Afghanistan, Yemen, North Korea, Pakistan, DR Congo and more. He graduated from Brown University with degrees in International Relations and East Asian Studies and can speak English, Mandarin, French and Spanish.
Murad comes from the mountains of Northern Pakistan in the Ghizer District. He is an experienced trekking and mountain guide, but beyond that he’s a pleasure to spend time with and treats people like family. He’s worked as a coordinator and for BBC’s Planet Earth’s Snow Leopard episode, has lead expeditions across Pakistan for two decades and speaks four languages fluently.