Werner has been involved in the cruise industry in various management positions for over 30 years. He has also been lecturing and leading natural history tours for the world’s premier cruise companies and over the years developed a special dedication for ecotourism to some of the most remote regions of this Earth.
Werner’s career as Cruise Director and Expedition Leader aboard renowned expedition cruise ships has taken him to the Antarctic, the Arctic, the Amazon, the Indian Ocean, South-East Asia and the South Pacific. He directed more than one hundred voyages to the Antarctic Peninsula, the Ross and Weddell Sea, and the Sub-Antarctic Islands, as well as expeditions to Greenland, Spitsbergen, Alaska, the Russian and Canadian High Arctic, the North Pole, and through the historic Northwest and Northeast Passages.
He also played an important role in developing the concept of adventurous journeys on polar icebreakers, and holds a record of organizing and leading two full circumnavigations both of the Arctic and the entire Antarctic continent.
Werner’s intimate working knowledge of environmental management in the Polar Regions made him interact and work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Australian Antarctic Division, the British Antarctic Survey, Antarctica New Zealand, and the German Environmental Protection Agency, to name a few. He was also honoured for his valuable contribution he made to the conservation of New Zealand’s natural and historic heritage.
Werner was Chairman of IAATO’s Executive Committee, and a member of the prestigious Explorers Club and the British Royal Geographical Society. As Senior Advisor he still takes an active role in IAATO and is well versed with the inner workings of the Association.
Today he specializes in preparing and organizing new expedition voyages, while at the same time carefully studying aspects of the natural world and the important environmental issues we all face when traveling to the distant corners of the Earth.