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Mongolian Association of State Alumni (MASA), also known as Ambassadors for Development, is a non-profit NGO devoted for democratic social development and promoting equal opportunities in all spectrums of society. It was first established in September 2007 by a handful of Fulbright and Humphrey program alumni as a community of all past and current alumni of U.S. government-funded scholarship and exchange programs. It now has grown into a dynamic professional network of more than 1000 Mongolian alumni of various long-term and short-term scholarship and exchange programs funded by the U.S. Government. MASA believes that an experience is twice as valuable when shared with others and it is even more valuable if used for not only for one’s own self, but for the betterment of others. Therefore, MASA aims at uniting and supporting not only the U.S. Government alumni of Mongolia, but also all other Mongolian graduates of U.S. universities in using what they have learned for building a democratic society where everyone has equal opportunity to contribute.

Who are International Exchange Alumni?

International Exchange Alumni are the current and past participants of any U.S. Government funded exchange and scholarship programs such as:

(Please note that the above listing of the programs is meant to be suggestive not exhaustive.)

MASA Mission

To contribute to the bilateral relationships of Mongolia and USA and promote the efforts of Mongolian U.S. Government alumni for the societal and community development.

MASA Board Members

MASA is governed by a board of 15 members representing different exchange and scholarship programs. The board is elected every two years and is headed by a president and a Vice president who are appointed by the board. The current MASA board was elected in November 2015 and comprises of the following members: 

Bulgantuya Khurelbaatar, President of MASA

Ms. Bulgantuya Khurelbaatar is the Secretary of Mongolian People’s Party and is in charge of Party Structure, International Relations and NGOs. Prior to being elected as the Secretary in 2013, Mrs.Bulgantuya served as the Vice President of Mongolian Social Democracy-Youth Union, the youth organization of Mongolian People’s Party. After having completed her high school in Australia, she obtained B.A in Economics from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, PRC and M.A in International and Development Economics from Yale University, USA. Bulgantuya worked as Director of Business Development Department of Petrovis LLC, Project Manager at Oyu Tolgoi Project and Commercial Principal Advisor of Oyu Tolgoi LLC, Consultant on World Bank projects in developing countries such as East Timor and Palestine.

Gandolgor Purevjav, Vice President of MASA

Ms. Gandolgor Purevjav, a 2012 Hubert Humphrey Fellow, is Executive Director of Ganabell Training and Consulting Institute and Founder of the Knowledge Innovation Center. She has ten years of experience in training and consulting in the areas of service, industry and education. She is the author of the best-selling books “Ten steps to Success", "Exercise book of Success Steps" and "Time Management methods for Mongolians".

Mr. Ganbat Damba, a 2002 Eisenhower alumnus, is a Director of the Institute for Strategic Studies of Mongolia. He is advisor to the President of Mongolia on research and a member of the Board of the Minister of Foreign Affair of Mongolia. Ganbat earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Mongolian Academy of Science. Before October 2010, he was an Executive Director of the Academy of Political Education since 1999. Now he is a Member of the Board of the Academy. He is also a Board Member of the National Public TV/Radio, Secretary General of Mongolian Political Science Association, and Member of the Doctorial Dissertation Committee in Political Science.

Mr. Batlkhagva Batsuren, a 2011-2012 Fulbright Fellow, works as the Director of Mon horos international LLC. He is an electrical engineer who worked at the Mongolian energy system more than 10 years prior to receiving the Fulbright scholarship. Batlkhagva holds a Master of Science in energy systems engineering from the Lehigh University (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania),

Ms. Onon Bayasgalan works as a Sustainable Enterprise Officer at the Wildlife Conservation Society, Mongolia. She holds a B.A in Environmental Economics from Whitman College, and a Master's of Environmental Management in Environmental Policy from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Onon is also a board member of the Zorig Foundation and Green Bell NGO. She is interested in environmental policy in fields such as sustainable pasture management, air pollution, global environmental governance and climate change strategies. She has dedicated time to youth education on global environmental problems, both for young students in primary school and for young adults seeking to further their careers.

Mr. Amar Baatartsogt, currently serving his 2nd term as a board member of MASA, is the General Manager & co-founder of Asia Mobile Technology (AMT). He is also an adviser to Zorig Foundation and sits on the Public Council of the Independent Authority Against Corruption. Prior to AMT, he worked as an Account Manager at Breakthrough Communications (Ogilvy) consulting clients on PR & marketing. Amar is experienced in both the non-profit and private sector as his previous work experience includes Project Development Manager at Zorig Foundation and Head of Marketing at Eznis Airways. Amar graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering.

Ms. Ninj-Erdene Khurel, a 2011-2013 Fulbright fellow, is the co-founder of ACADEMIA non-profit education institute, and the executive director of English Language Teachers' Association of Mongolia that focuses on the professional development of rural area teachers in Mongolia. She holds a Master of Science degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the State University of New York. Ninj-Erdene also received Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Scholarship (FLTA) in 2008 and taught at Honors College of University of Pittsburgh.

Mr. Badamdash Dashdavaa, a 2001-2003 Fulbright Fellow, works as CEO of Eagle News TV. He worked in Education sector as a Lecturer in the Political Science Department at National University of Mongolia teaching comparative politics, international relations courses and leading curriculum development project. Also he is a board Member and Chairman of Mongolian Broadcasting Union.

Ms. Bilguun Erdenebat, a 2013-2015 Fulbright Fellow. She received M.P.S degree in International Development from Cornell University and B.A degree in International Economic Relations from the National University of Mongolia. She has been working in the international development sector since 2009, concentrating on children and women rights, and social-economic development issues. Currently she is working as a National Expert responsible for Monitoring and Evaluation, Public Relations and Gender issues at German International Cooperation (GIZ).

Mr. Batzaya Batsaikhan (Zack), a 2012-2014 Fulbright fellow, is the Co-Founder and CEO of Batu Digital, Evex Entertainment, and the Art Director of Unread Today and Arvis Publishing. Prior to his entrepreneurial pursuits he served as the VP of Creative at The New Media Group. He earned his interdisciplinary Master's degree focusing on Human Computer Interaction and User Experience Design from Iowa State University in 2014, and his Master’s thesis was certified by ProQuest as one of the 25 Most-Accessed Dissertations and Theses of 1.7 million full-text graduate works. Zack has been listed among Forbes Mongolia 30 under 30, and co-organized The Color Event UB 3K, an internationally known paint race, for the first time in Mongolia.

Ms. Bulgantamir Khaltar is the senior manager at Structured finance department, Investment finance division at Golomt bank. Previously, she had working experience in financial sector both in Mongolia and the U.S. such as at Erdenes Tavan Tolgoi JSC, World Bank and RBC Global Asset Management. She graduated from University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Finance and Investment. Through serving on the MASA board, Bulgan hopes to open more doors to those youths who are isolated from the urban areas to learn about opportunities to study in the U.S., as living and studying abroad was a life-changing and self-discovering experience for her.

Mr. Otgonpurev Mendsaikhan has completed his Master of Science in Information Security Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University in 2015 under the Fulbright Scholarship. Prior to his master’s Mr. Mendsaikhan was working as Head of IT Department at Mongolian Stock Exchange and was in charge of the “Technical Renovation Project” which was executed under the Master Service Agreement between London Stock Exchange Group and Mongolian Stock Exchange. Currently he is working as Accounting and System Department Head, Custodian division at Golomt Bank.

Ms. Sarnai Chuluunbaatar, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development from Cornell University: College of Human Ecology. She specialized in social and personality development. During her studies, she briefly worked for the New York State Assembly as a legislative intern. After graduating from university, she returned to Mongolia to work for the Zorig Foundation on youth education programs. Currently, Sarnai works on a renewable energy project for Clean Energy Asia LLC, a joint venture between Newcom Group and Softbank Energy Co,.

Ms. Naranbulag Khukhuu is an Attorney and Fulbright Fellow 2011. She has worked as a Legal Counsel in Newcom, QGX Mongol and Oyu Tolgoi LLC-s and as a Consultant for several projects at United Nations Mongolia and "Washington Strategic Advisers" law firm. Naranbulag holds Master of Laws (LLM) degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, USA, Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Pol.Sc and French Language from University of Delhi in India and Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from National University of Mongolia School of Law and completed other diploma courses at Tulane University Law School, USA and Indian Academy of International Law and Diplomacy. She also attended Open World Program 2013 for judicial exchange in California.

Mr. Namnandorj Bayaraa lived and studied in Singapore and the United States. Graduated with degree in International Trade and Psychology. Currently works at Mongol ID group as a project manager.


Former President of MASA

Dr. Undraa Agvaanluvsan is a former Ambassador and a nuclear physicist, co-founder and board member of Mongolian-American Scientific Research Center. She studied in Mongolia, Italy, and USA where she obtained PhD in physics. Undraa lived and worked in the US for more than ten years, including conducting research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and teaching at Stanford University. Undraa is also co-founder of Mongolia Young Leaders Program for Mongolian students studying overseas, co-initiator of International Women Leaders Forum in Ulaanbaatar, and a Asia 21 fellow of Asia Society.

Mr. Bat-Ochir Dugersuren, a 2006-2008 Fulbright Fellow, works as CEO of XacBank. He started his career as financial officer for the MicroStart project in 1998, the project which later became the foundation of the current XacBank. Since then he held numerous top executive positions such as Chief Investment Officer at TenGer Financial Group and First Deputy CEO of XacBank. He holds MBA from Brandeis University.

Mr. Amar Batkhuu, a 2010-2011 Global UGRAD alumnus, currently works in the Regional Development and Social Performance department at Oyu Tolgoi LLC. Amar holds a B.A. degree in International Economic Relations from the National University of Mongolia. As a student, he worked for the Mongol News Media Agency and completed two internships at the Department of Economics, University of Utah, and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science of Mongolia.

Dr. Ariuntsatsral Erdenebileg, a 2007-2009 Fulbright Fellow, is a Cardiologist at the Shastin Central Hospital. She is one of very few female cardiologists in the nation and her specialty in pediatrics makes her all the more an anomaly. Ariunaa holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and Policy Management from Georgia State University. As a volunteer cardiologist for the Children’s Heart Project (a branch of Samaritan’s Purse), she helps provide surgery for children residing in countries lacking certain medical expertise and equipment and her many first-of-their-kind heart procedures have garnered her attention well beyond the borders of Mongolia. Before receiving the Fulbright award, Dr. Ariunaa had been invited to Boston’s Children’s Hospital as well as to the University of Texas San Antonio for a variety of professional trainings.

Mr. Badruun Gardi, a 2013 IVLP alumnus, is the Executive Director of Zorig Foundation. He has previously served as the Foundation's Scholarship Programs Coordinator. Named after the leader of the democratic revolution of 1990, the late Zorig Sanjaasuren, the Foundation aims to spread and strengthen democratic values in Mongolian society. Badruun is an adjunct fellow at the Urban Community Research Center for Asia at the Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan and is a graduate of Stanford University, where he studied Psychology and Communication.

Mr. Bat-Orgil Turbold (Mark) works as Coordinator of the Reform Club Mongolia. He holds a JD from MSU and an MBA from James Madison University. He held many managerial positions in both government and business sectors and his previous work experience include Ministry of Justice, World Bank, Mineral Authority of Mongolia, MAC, and Oyu Tolgoi LLC.

Mr. Bavuudorj Ovgor, a 2003-2005 Fulbright fellow, works as the Deputy Director for Research and projects in National Renewable Energy Center of Mongolia. He holds M.Sc. degree in Interdisciplinary studies from Texas Tech University of USA and Ph.D degree in Energy engineering from Inha University of Korea. His research interest includes wind energy resource assessment, micro-siting, wind turbine design, modeling, and rotor noise modeling.

Ms. Bayasal Batdelger, a Fulbright Scholar 2011-2013, is a R&D and Project Manager at Mongol Content LLC. Her previous experience includes digital learning tool, IT usage for development, content development and user interface graphic design. Ms. Bayasal is a member or Newcom Leadership Institute and YLP (Young Leadership Program) Alumni Group. She holds a Bachelor in Science from Computer Science and Management School, MUST and Master of Science from University of Nebraska Omaha.

Dr. Undrakh-Erdene Erdenebold, a 2011-2013 Fulbright fellow, is the head of Radiology Department at the Inter-Med clinic. He is a radiologist specializing in MRI and intravascular radiology. Dr. Undrakh-Erdene holds MD from the Mongolian University of Health Sciences and a master’s degree in International Health Policy Management from the Brandeis University.

Ms. Uurtsaikh Sangi, a 2008-2010 Fulbright Fellow, is Deputy Chief of Party of US Agency for International Development (USAID) Business Plus Initiative project. Before going to the graduate school, Uurtsaikh worked at the predecessor USAID project and came back to the same project after completing her program. She has been working in policy making and advocacy to support government efforts and private sector development during last 10 years. Uurtsaikh holds MA in international relations (majoring in development) and MPA at Maxwell School, Syracuse, NY.

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