French native Dimitri Kieffer moved to the United States in 1983 at the age of 17 to pursue a college education in international business. He spent 5 years at the University of Washington in Seattle where he obtained two degrees, focusing on international trade. The 15 years to follow were spent honing his skills in international business while working in the software industry primarily in Hong Kong and Seattle. In April 2005, he gained a second citizenship to the United States, therefore becoming a "Franco-American".
After completing his first marathon in 1985 at the age of 20, and his first ultramarathon in Hong Kong in 1990, Dimitri progressively took on more and more challenging races in the USA and overseas. Since 2005, Dimitri has continued to evolve, founding Nexus Expedition and transitioning from adventure racing to full blown expedition.
In 2009, Dimitri was invited to join the Explorers Club, and has remained an active member ever since.
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Gulnara Kieffer is a Russian Tatar who was born in the city of Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation. In 2001, she graduated from the Kazan pedagogical University (Philology Department) with a Russian language and literature teaching degree. In March 2006, Gulnara moved to Moscow where she was hired by movie production companies. There, she organized and coordinated the creation of films and musical concerts. In 2008, she started working as a manager for a Russian music recording company. Gulnara met Dimitri Kieffer in 2009 while guiding Russian artists in Morocco, and joined Nexus Expedition in August of 2011.
Together they cycled in 2011, 2100 kms from Omsukchan, Magadanskaya Oblast until they reached Yakutsk in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Russia. Gulnara and Dimitri were married in Kazan, Russia in March of 2013 and they cycled that summer 1504 kms from Urumqi, China to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Gulnara is currently cycling with Dimitri the next section through Kyrgyzstan.
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Erik Nachtrieb, is an adventure cameraman and producer with 1iOpen Productions, based in Seattle, WA. He has been spearheading the media content development of Nexus Expedition, with Dimitri, since 2007. As a Producer of Nexus Expedition, Erik has coordinated the acquisition of footage by Dimitri, while abroad, and sculpted the storyline by defining important content capture.
Erik is currently editing the acquired content to produce current expedition media, while undertaking the production of a Feature Film Documentary of the Nexus Expedition. For more information on Erik Nachtrieb, see www.eriknachtrieb.com and visit him on Facebook.
Feature Film Production
Vivienne Smith is an independent filmmaker with a background in adventure productions. Based in Sydney Australia, with extensive experience filming around the planet for international productions.
She has recently joined 1iOpen Productions as the senior editor and co-producer for the Nexus Expeditions Feature Film. She is excited to be bringing Dimitri's story to the big screen and working with the team to continue capturing his experience. For more information and to contact Vivienne: www.vivienne-smith.com.
Jesse Perrell is a Seattle native who has spent the last decade developing an arts nonprofit (www.theleveebreaking.org), producing music & arts festivals (Artopia, Gigantic Bicycle Festival), and as the general manager at Presto Chango Records (www.prestochangorecords.com). He spends a lot of time coding websites, and is constantly tempted by the combination of panniers, Amtrak & bicycle.
He joined Nexus Expedition in 2011 as a web developer, tackling the programming of www.nexusexpeditions.com.
Dominique Blachon is a French translator located in Seattle, WA, USA, and Grenoble, France. An armchair traveler and wannabe adventurer, he enjoys remote-following Dimitri and Gulnara on their travels, and hopes to help a wide international audience share that enjoyment.
You can contact Dominique on his LinkedIn page.
Ikuko was born and grew up in Aichi prefecture in Japan. After graduated from the University of Saga, she went to the UK to study English, started traveling the world, and moved to Hong Kong in 1992. She has lived in a little white village in Andalucia in Southern Spain since 2002.
Adelya is a compatriot of Gulnara Kieffer. She was born and grew in Kazan city, Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation. In 2012 Adelya graduated from the Kazan Privolzhsky Federal University (department of Germanic Philology and Romance) with a teaching degree in the English and French languages. She lives in Kazan and works as an English translator and tutor, and has recently taken up courses in interpretation. Adelya has always been keen on learning foreign languages as well as the national character, world-view, culture and traditions of their native speakers. She also dreams of traveling more in her life. Adelya really enjoys translating and sharing Nexus Expedition with Russian speaking audiences.
Karl Bushby (born 30 March 1969) is a British ex-paratrooper, walking adventurer and author, currently attempting to be the first person to completely walk an unbroken path around the world. Bushby's trek is known as the Odyssey XXI Expedition, (previously known as the Goliath Expedition). Between February 2006 and May 2007, Karl and Dimitri trek and ski together 1200 kms from Nome, Alaska, USA to Anguema, Chukotka, Russia. Along their way, they cross successfully the Bering Strait on foot in 15 days.
For more information on Karl Bushby, there is information about him in Wikipedia, and at the Odyssey XXI website
Nyurgun Efremov is a Yakut who was born in 1975 in the city of Yakutsk, Russia. In 2005, after five years of university, he graduated from the Law school of the Yakutsk State University. He lives in Anadyr (Chukotka) and works as a lawyer for the post office.
Among his interests are traveling, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, climbing, wushu, hitchhiking, and studying psychology and humanistic philosophy. In March-April 2010, Nyurgun joined Dimitri on Nexus Expedition and together they trekked and skied 310 kms from Vayegi, Chukotka to Slautnoye, Kamchatka, Russia.
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Rice, Rex & Dunia
Rice, Rex and Dunia were three faithful dogs that followed Dimitri in April 2010 for 140 kms in one week between Slautnoye and Kamenskoye, Koryak Okrug, Russia and this is why we count them as past expedition partners!
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