As far as we can remember, we have always had a peculiar lure for epic adventures and off-the-beaten-path experiences. Over the past years, we put ourselves in the craziest yet most astonishing situations, climbing snowy peaks in the Alps, living with Kyrgyz shepherds in vertiginous Central Asian summits, roaming deserts in the Middle East or exploring volatile zones in Congo and Central African Republic. 

Marlenë, the crew’s captain & communicator, will document and share our research and encounters, as a former advocate and photographer. Yegor, the crew’s scientist, will ensure the quality of our scientific endeavours, as a former researcher and doctor in tropical forestry.

With our combined drive for adventure and willingness to achieve positive impact in this world, we want to put our strengths together, and embark on this mad quest to achieve Sabali Expedition’s goals.

Sailors . Scientists . Photographers


Originated from the windswept steppes of northern Kazakhstan, nothing indicated that one day I would find myself at the helm of a sailboat. A few miles and several decades later, there I am, ready to take on my biggest challenge so far. Scientific adventurer or adventurous scientist, I haven’t decided yet, but as a keen traveller, I always aim to leave a minimal footprint behind me, whilst ensuring the preservation of the places I have the chance to visit.

Holder of a PhD diploma in tropical forestry, I have carried expeditions studying the health and the impact of climate change on Congolese forests. I now want to expand the scope of my research to oceans, as these two biomes are our best allies to tackle climate change. Although switching from impenetrable tropical forests to raging seas is doubtlessly a challenge, I have had a first intense encounter with the ocean when I rowed across the Atlantic Ocean early 2020 in 73 days. I am now ready to put these past experiences to the profit of Sabali Expeditions, and collect data that can feed into the global scientific efforts on ocean conservation.

Find out more about Yegor's 73 days Ocean Crossing aboard his rowing boat, Lady Charmian :



Adventure junkie and wide-eyed wanderer, I have always been amazed by the vibrant tales of intrepid explorers, seeking to push invisible boundaries, bowing before the unknown. After years of extensive travelling on all four corners of our world, I am more ready than ever to hit the road without a return ticket in my pocket. With my camera in one hand and my notebook in the other, I love to collect moments and encounters, legends and whispers, as a patchwork of many different realities.

As a former humanitarian project manager in Central and Western Africa, I have seen the impact of climate change on our planet, but also on communities, on families, on people. Today more than ever, we need to advocate for change, to share good practices and to influence policies in order to protect our planet, our future. I want to put my appetite for storytelling and project management to the use of Sabali Expeditions, and promote inspiring stories from those who protect our oceans.

Find out more about Marlenë's photography reportages:


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