THE TEAM

UTP expeditions have already assembled 150 crew members and 130 partner companies and research institutes. Heading this group is a couple that has made a career and way of life from their passion for exploring.

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A FAMILY OF ADVENTURERS

THE LEADERS OF UNDER THE POLE EXPEDITIONS

Ghislain BARDOUT • 37 years old

Initiator and Director of Under The Pole expeditions

A graduate of the Lausanne Polytechnic School in energy engineering, a specialist in deep polar diving and an undersea cameraman

 

Emmanuelle PÉRIÉ-BARDOUT • 38 year old

Co-Initiator and Co-Director of Under The Pole expeditions

A skipper with a degree from the French National School of Sailing and a specialist in polar regions

 

Biography

In 2006, Ghislain wholeheartedly chose to embark on the undersea exploration and adventure of the polar regions.

Attracted to the sea and mountains, he started as a climbing enthusiast and moved to diving. His passion for this activity quickly led him to teach it and to diversify his skills in both technical and professional diving. During his studies, he worked in close collaboration, as a logistics and technical manager, with Jean-Louis Étienne. While there, he organized a diving campaign at the North Pole in 2007 that involved an undersea robot and six divers.

Next, he designed an undersea exploration project with the goal of creating a totally new photographic and cinematographic eyewitness report on the undersea world of the ice caps in the most painstakingly accurate way possible. It was called "Deep Sea Under The Pole by Rolex". During the editing of this modern adventure, he decided to become an entrepreneur to concretize his dream.

In Spring of 2010, at the end of the polar night, and after three years of preparation, he, seven crew members and a Siberian husky were dropped at a spot 76 km from the North Pole. After a 45-day experience of life on the ice caps, it was punishing for both men and material, with 51 dives under extreme conditions, the adventure – a first – ended as a remarkable success. It gave rise to unique and spectacular images of the undersea ice caps that would be seen worldwide, images that were a tribute to a dream world that is being destroyed by global warming.

After this first success, he began work, in 2011, on the development of the "Under The Pole" undersea exploration program. Welcomed by Roland Jourdain, an ocean racer, Ghislain established a base at Concarneau for launching a major new expedition: "Under The Pole II • 2014-2015" (Discovery Greenland). In 2013, he and Emmanuelle Périé-Bardout purchased the WHY, an impressive 19.5-meter-long aluminum schooner, as an itinerant base camp, dedicated to diving and polar exploration.

In January 2014, the ship departed for Greenland, thanks to the combined efforts of some hundred crew members and collaborators, as well as more than 80 partner companies and research institutes. The expedition was officially backed by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research. In July 2014, after four months of increasingly deeper dives, he achieved a first for the Polar region in northern Greenland by going beyond the 100 meter limit using a rebreather. At the end of a winter on the ice caps, he repeated the exploit in April 2015 with dives beyond 100 meters under the ice. In 2015, after 21 months of Polar immersion, the expedition returned to France at the end of a pioneering adventure. Since then, Ghislain and his team have been working on Under The Pole III • 2017-2020.

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Biography

A former member of Jean-Louis Étienne's team, Emmanuelle shares leadership of the Under The Pole program with Ghislain. As the WHY skipper, she directs expedition communication and enjoys keeping records, especially in writing, of regions not yet explored.

A sea and cetaceans enthusiast since childhood, she boarded the Grace O'Malley school schooner for six months when she was just thirteen. In 2000, she studied at the Les Glénans sailing school and later entered the French National Sailing School where she attained the highest level in cruise training. In parallel to her work as a manager on Penfret Island - where she supervises 200 interns and 50 instructors - she participates in ocean races in a Mini 6.50.

After meeting Jean-Louis Étienne, she embarked for Clipperton as a sailor and co-manager of nautical activities. After her return to France, she worked as a diving instructor before leaving for a year and a half of polar navigation between Norway and Spitsbergen as first mate of Olivier Pitras' Southern Star. In 2007, she joined Jean-Louis Étienne once again for an expedition, this time on a flying ship: a dirigible. During this expedition, she reached the Geographic North Pole for the first time in 2008.

She then joined Ghislain to prepare Deepsea Under the Pole by Rolex. In 2010, she was the only woman on the ice caps team, where she went on dives and took care of communication and their dog Kayak. Since then, she dedicates herself full time to promoting their work and the new expedition: Under The Pole II • 2014-2015 (Discovery Greenland).

Ghislain BARDOUT • 37 years old

Initiator and Director of Under The Pole expeditions

A graduate of the Lausanne Polytechnic School in energy engineering, a specialist in deep polar diving and an undersea cameraman

 

Biography

In 2006, Ghislain wholeheartedly chose to embark on the undersea exploration and adventure of the polar regions.

Attracted to the sea and mountains, he started as a climbing enthusiast and moved to diving. His passion for this activity quickly led him to teach it and to diversify his skills in both technical and professional diving. During his studies, he worked in close collaboration, as a logistics and technical manager, with Jean-Louis Étienne. While there, he organized a diving campaign at the North Pole in 2007 that involved an undersea robot and six divers.

Next, he designed an undersea exploration project with the goal of creating a totally new photographic and cinematographic eyewitness report on the undersea world of the ice caps in the most painstakingly accurate way possible. It was called "Deep Sea Under The Pole by Rolex". During the editing of this modern adventure, he decided to become an entrepreneur to concretize his dream.

In Spring of 2010, at the end of the polar night, and after three years of preparation, he, seven crew members and a Siberian husky were dropped at a spot 76 km from the North Pole. After a 45-day experience of life on the ice caps, it was punishing for both men and material, with 51 dives under extreme conditions, the adventure – a first – ended as a remarkable success. It gave rise to unique and spectacular images of the undersea ice caps that would be seen worldwide, images that were a tribute to a dream world that is being destroyed by global warming.

After this first success, he began work, in 2011, on the development of the "Under The Pole" undersea exploration program. Welcomed by Roland Jourdain, an ocean racer, Ghislain established a base at Concarneau for launching a major new expedition: "Under The Pole II • 2014-2015" (Discovery Greenland). In 2013, he and Emmanuelle Périé-Bardout purchased the WHY, an impressive 19.5-meter-long aluminum schooner, as an itinerant base camp, dedicated to diving and polar exploration.

In January 2014, the ship departed for Greenland, thanks to the combined efforts of some hundred crew members and collaborators, as well as more than 80 partner companies and research institutes. The expedition was officially backed by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research. In July 2014, after four months of increasingly deeper dives, he achieved a first for the Polar region in northern Greenland by going beyond the 100 meter limit using a rebreather. At the end of a winter on the ice caps, he repeated the exploit in April 2015 with dives beyond 100 meters under the ice. In 2015, after 21 months of Polar immersion, the expedition returned to France at the end of a pioneering adventure. Since then, Ghislain and his team have been working on Under The Pole III • 2017-2020.

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Emmanuelle PÉRIÉ-BARDOUT • 38 year old

Co-Initiator and Co-Director of Under The Pole expeditions

A skipper with a degree from the French National School of Sailing and a specialist in polar regions

 

Biography

A former member of Jean-Louis Étienne's team, Emmanuelle shares leadership of the Under The Pole program with Ghislain. As the WHY skipper, she directs expedition communication and enjoys keeping records, especially in writing, of regions not yet explored.

A sea and cetaceans enthusiast since childhood, she boarded the Grace O'Malley school schooner for six months when she was just thirteen. In 2000, she studied at the Les Glénans sailing school and later entered the French National Sailing School where she attained the highest level in cruise training. In parallel to her work as a manager on Penfret Island - where she supervises 200 interns and 50 instructors - she participates in ocean races in a Mini 6.50.

After meeting Jean-Louis Étienne, she embarked for Clipperton as a sailor and co-manager of nautical activities. After her return to France, she worked as a diving instructor before leaving for a year and a half of polar navigation between Norway and Spitsbergen as first mate of Olivier Pitras' Southern Star. In 2007, she joined Jean-Louis Étienne once again for an expedition, this time on a flying ship: a dirigible. During this expedition, she reached the Geographic North Pole for the first time in 2008.

She then joined Ghislain to prepare Deepsea Under the Pole by Rolex. In 2010, she was the only woman on the ice caps team, where she went on dives and took care of communication and their dog Kayak. Since then, she dedicates herself full time to promoting their work and the new expedition: Under The Pole II • 2014-2015 (Discovery Greenland).

Robin BARDOUT

Robin, the son of Manue and Ghislain, has been fascinated, since a very young age, by dogs and naturally became the co-manager of French Inuit Dog. His obsession with early rising helps part of the team avoid laying too long in bed. His good nature and playfulness set the pace for a day on board.

Kayak • 8 years old

Already on board UTP I and II, Kayak is our mascot and our companion in adventure.

Born on February 8, 2009, this Siberian husky’s real name in Amarok Ermak Kayak. He was born at Quimper among the “Amarok” (“spirit of the wolf’ in the Inuit language), part of a pack of 80 other sled dogs. Kayak loves snow and cold, is full of energy and is quite the charmer. He was with us for Under The Pole I •  2010 (Deep Sea Under The Pole by Rolex), which led to his nickname of “French Inuit Dog”!

Tom BARDOUT

He is the WHY‘s little cabin boy.

The Under The Pole II Team Greenland, 2015

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EXPLORATION ENTHUSIASTS

THE PERMANENT TEAM

The multidisciplinary expedition team includes divers, sailors, mountaineers, engineers, mechanics, cameramen, soundmen, directors, photographers, biologists, doctors and scientists.

Karyn ROGER

Administration

diplome Builder of pleasure craft

plongee Level 1 diver

Curious about everything around her, Karyn was able to combine her passion for boats with a passion for the sea by training as a builder of crafts. As part of the Under The Pole adventure, Karyn now ensures the proper operation of the structure by taking care of accounting, human resources and the team’s morale.

Sylvain PUJOLLE

Technical & Engineering

diplome Engineering degree from Arts et Métiers

 National Diving Qualification, Rebreather

He discovered diving at the age of twelve, in books by Cousteau. As an aeronautical engineer and a diving professional, he has traveled from Les Glénans in Brittany to New Caledonia. With a passion for applying technology to exploration, he joined UTP for the 2015 Greenland winter and takes care of all technical support for the expedition.

Erwan MARIVINT

Partnerships & Logistics

diplome Environmental Engineer

Master’s in Arctic Studies

plongee N4 diver, class 1B

Growing up watching Nicolas Hulot’s documentaries and reading Jean-Louis Étienne’s tales, Erwan developed a taste for adventure and environmental protection.

Passionate about vast spaces, he specialized in polar regions during his university studies.

After an internship in Alaska, then another in the dynamic meteorology laboratory at the École Polytechnique in Palaiseau, he found his calling. Erwan joined the Under The Pole family in early 2016.

Cécile CLIQUET

Sponsoring

diplome Master II degree in Transport Law from the University of Toulouse I

Professional certification in entrepreneurship from the Quimper Chamber of Trades

Merchant Marine Captain 200 certificate and 250kw Engineer certificate

plongee N1 diver

She never thought that one day her studies would have her following in the footsteps of Charcot, Shackleton, Amundsen, expeditions, adventures, and conquering the Poles…

But life is a funny thing!

Since 2005, adaptability has been at the heart of her journey: alternating between desk-based and field-based specialties (such as a sailor or captain –most often on expedition or oceanographic research boats), today she enthusiastically brings future partners on board the Under The Pole adventure!

Victor RAULT

Films & Communication

diplome Graduate of Sciences Po Rennes,

Master’s Degree in Communication in Organizations

plongee Level 2 diver

First an independent director, cameraman and editor, he joined the Under The Pole team in Greenland in the Spring of 2014. Initially scheduled to spend four months on the WHY, Victor quickly became enthralled by the polar world and finally spent 18 months on board to tell the story of the expedition in video (web documentary  and educational videos).

From the under-ice dives to the daily life of the explorers, Victor participated in creating a souvenir of this incredible adventure. When he returned to France, he made the most of these images by making several films for television, motivated more than ever by a desire to transmit and share.

Today, Victor is the video manager and communication assistant for Under The Pole III • 2017-2020. He embraces this new adventure with the same fascination he felt the first time he saw icebergs from the deck of the WHY, almost two years ago.

Franck GAZZOLA

Photography & International Business Development

diplome Masters Degree in International Purchasing

Adventure | Travel | Lifestyle Photographer

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After spending 13 years living an international corporate life in different parts of the World, Franck decided to follow his passion for the Ocean and Photography: he became a full time professional Adventure|Travel|Lifestyle Photographer shooting anywhere between -40m underwater, in the big waves, in a helicopter or up to 6000m on top of a mountain.

Franck has spent the last 6 years in Australia, his life turned towards the Ocean. He is the Director of the Frothers Gallery, an Ocean imagery gallery based in Sydney.

Franck joined Under The Pole II as a Photographer during the wintering in Groenland in 2015. He fell in love with the exploration and joined the permanent Team of Under The Pole in 2017. He is in charge of Under The Pole’s imagery, leading the Team, and in charge of the Business Development, including with international markets.

 Great adventures are built with great teams.

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CLOSE COLLABORATION

Frédéric NASRINFAR

Lawyer and Legal Expert

Romain PETE

Scientific Coordination

Grégoire CHÉRON

Press Officer and Agent

Agence Zeppelin

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Bruno and Julien

Véronique MEROUR

Emergency Physician, Physiology Program Coordinator

Sylvian DELORD

Consultant in Communication and Events

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IN COMMUNITY SERVICE WITH US

Mathilde BESSAC-DESSERTEAUX

Logistics and Communications

diplome Master II degree in Logistics, Marketing, and Distribution from the Sorbonne

and a Master I degree in Visual Communication Design

plongee First time diver

A sea-loving girl in a family of mountain dwellers! Since her childhood, Mathilde has been passionate about the sea, sailing, and maritime exploration. Through seafaring tales she discovered the polar regions, Paul-Émile Victor, global warming, and opportunities for new navigation routes.

A keen and curious traveler, she studied in Hong Kong and Edinburgh. After returning from Vietnam, she headed north with the UTP team and now divides her time between logistics and communications for the forthcoming WHY expedition.

Loïc GUÉNIN

Technical Work

diplome Vocational Diploma in Cooling and Air Conditioning

Specialized certificate: energy services technician.

plongee Introduction to diving training program

A native of Nancy, Loïc is passionate about travel and water sports –kayaking in particular. After returning from a 3-month trip through Hungary, Latvia, and Russia, he was looking for the next step in his career. He came to work for Under The Pole as part of his civic service. As he is not from Brittany, he wanted a change of scenery and the chance to explore the maritime world.

Thomas PUIBOUBE

Technical Work

diplome Associate’s Degree in Biochemistry

plongee Free diving/snorkeling

Driven by wanderlust and his love of outdoor sports, Thomas is seeking to add another string to his bow by diving into the marine world as part of the Under The Pole expedition.

Today, he’s helping prepare and upgrade the WHY for UTP III. He has a talent for working with his hands and builds custom parts out of materials such as wood, aluminum, and plastic.

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