MASA is governed by a board of 20 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 2019 and comprises of the following members:
Current Board Members
Ms. Bilguun Erdenebat, a 2013-2015 Fulbright Fellow, has over ten years’ experience in climate change, environment, and sustainable development specializing in social development and gender equality. She is currently working for the Asian Development Bank as a Social Development and Gender Consultant. Previously, she has worked for organizations such as Green Climate Fund, UNEP, Global Green Growth Institute, German International Cooperation (GIZ), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Save the Children and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia. She received an M.P.S degree in International Development from Cornell University (2015) and a B.A degree in International Economic Relations from the National University of Mongolia (2009).
Ms. Nomin Dashnyam is a partner of MahoneyLiotta LLP. She has diverse legal experience providing general corporate, capital markets, project finance, infrastructure, public-private partnership, employment, minerals and energy law advice to many of the world’s leading international law firms, investment and commercial banks and mining companies and other corporates. Nomin is an alumna of the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD). She received her Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law (USA) and her Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the School of Law, National University of Mongolia. Nomin currently sits on the board of Hobby School Alumni Association NGO and Lean In Mongolia NGO.
Ms. Sanjaakhand Nansalmaa, a 2015-2016 Fulbright Fellow. Sanjaakhand holds a Master of Public Administration degree, as well as Advanced Diploma in Leadership of International & Non-government Organizations from Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. Currently she is working at UNICEF Mongolia, as well as serving as a part-time Subject Matter Expert for the UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office. She is also a board member and volunteer at Save Infants NGO.
Ms. Maralmaa currently works as an Executive Director for the Zorig Foundation, a prominent Mongolian non-profit organization known for its activities towards advancing democracy, youth, and education. She is in charge of designing and coordinating development programs for youth and marginalized groups. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked as a Chief Marketing Officer for The New Media Group. Maralmaa obtained her degree in Business Management and Communication from Brigham Young University.
Ms. Javkhlanbazar Radnaabazar (Jenny), graduated from DePaul University with B.S. in Marketing and Finance and graduated Continuing Education School at Harvard University with MLA in Management. She has been working at Mongolian mining company’s foreign relations and investment sector since 2010, concentrating on project developments by adapting international advisers’ critics and consultancies. Also, she worked as a BOD secretary, where she was in charge of quarterly BOD meetings of board of directors and senior management team. In the past, Jenny published acknowledged international case studies and briefings on the local marketing magazine “Marketing Today” hoping to incorporate and introduce the international best practices to the local community.
Mrs. Munkhsoyol, a 2011 Hubert Humphrey Fellow, is a CEO, Institute for National Strategy, a non-profit and nongovernmental organization. Recent years she worked as a commentator on economy for Mongol TV, as a senior consultant on Public Finance Management for the Energy Efficiency Project of the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ) and as an expert for the Governance and Public Finances Management Sector Review of the EU. Prior to joining INS and GIZ, she worked at the Open Society Forum Foundation as an Economic Policy Program Manager. She has over fifteen years of experience conducting and supervising economic and business development research and policy analysis, projects and programs. Mrs. Munkhsoyol’s background is in economics, business administration and international finance and she holds a MBA from the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand and a MSc from SKEMA/The European School of Management in France.
Mr. Namnandorj Bayaraa graduated with bachelor's degree in Psychology and International Trade from SUNY at Buffalo. Namnandorj started his media startup Remo Media two years ago to combat misinformation and elevate digital media scene in Mongolia. He has working experience in IT and financial companies. Namnandorj actively contributes in projects as a member of Global Shapers Ulaanbaatar Hub.
Ms. Khaliungoo Ganbat, Board member
Ms. Khaliungoo Ganbat is a 2015-2017 Fulbright Scholar who completed her Master’s degree in Development Economics at Vanderbilt University. She currently works for the Asia Foundation as a Manager for Urban Governance Project, which is being implemented with the Municipality of Ulaanbaatar. Khaliungoo has worked on various projects across Mongolia, Australia, USA, Canada, Dominican Republic and Guatemala, for organizations including UNFAO, and Oyu Tolgoi for past 10 years. She has great experience in the areas of community development and government relations and has passion for volunteerism. Before joining MASA Board, Khaliungoo served as an Executive Board Member for the Mongolian Young Leaders Network NGO and currenlty serves as an Advisory Board Member.
Mr. Ganzorig Vanchig is the Chairman of the Board at Bat Solution Partners, a business consulting firm specializing in strategy and communications. Prior to Bat Solution Partners, Ganzorig held leadership positions at Media Group, Shunkhlai Group, MOSDAQ, XacBank, and Trade and Development Bank. Ganzorig earned his Master’s degree in Electronic Business Management from the International University of Japan and Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame Australia. He has completed trainings on management, leadership and policy innovation at the University of Cape Town, National University of Singapore, University of Witwatersrand, Oxford University, and Yale University. He has been awarded the title of Mongolian Certified Management Consultant from the Mongolian Management Consultants’ Institute. Ganzorig is also a Young Global Leader, Class of 2014, of the World Economic Forum. As part of his social responsibility, Ganzorig is the Founder and Chairman of Down Syndrome Association of Mongolia and Young Professionals’ Group – Mentorship program as well as Board Member of the Special Olympics Committee Mongolia, and Academy member of the Global Teacher Prize. Furthermore, he is a columnist at the leading news portal sites as well as a host of ‘Syndicate Talk with Vinzo’ multi-format talk show. Since 2017, he has held the position of President of the CEO Club Mongolia, which is one of the most respected and reputable business advocacy associations representing top Mongolia based business groups and companies.
Ms. Undraa Damdinsuren, Board member
Ms.Undraa Damdinsuren currently works for Advisory at KPMG Mongolia. Formerly, she worked in investment management at the Development Bank of Mongolia as well as in economic research at the German Institute for
Economic Research (DIW Berlin) in Berlin. Undraa holds a B.S. degree in Economics from the Humboldt University of Berlin. She also studied at the University of Wyoming, taking part in the Global Undergraduate
Exchange Program (2010-2011). She is passionate about equal educational opportunity and inclusive growth.
Mr. Amar Bayasgalan is currently working as General Director at Alliance-Tech LLC. He has been working in the energy sector since 2016 and serves on the governing board of the World Energy Council's Mongolia Member Committee. Amar graduated with a Diploma in Aerospace Engineering from Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore before pursuing his B.S in Mechanical Engineer at Florida Institute of Technology. Amar also holds an M.A in Public Administration from the National Academy of Governance in Ulaanbaatar.
Ms. Bolor Jamiyandagva, Board member
Ms. Bolor Jamiyandagva is currently working as a specialist at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Sports of Mongolia. Ms. Bolor holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Economic Relations from the National University of Mongolia and has also studied at the Akita International University in Japan and the Georg-August University of Goettingen, Germany on an exchange program respectively. She is a Resolution Project Fellow, SUSI Alumni for Women’s Leadership, a Hansen Fellow and a YLP Alumni of Zorig Foundation.
Mr. Enkhbold Borookhoi, Board member
Mr. Enkhbold Borookhoi currently holds Senior Investment Analyst at Development Finance Asia Ltd. (DFA), a Hong Kong-based investment firm, working on deal execution for new investments and value creation at existing investments. He has a strong finance background in various roles at two of Mongolia’s largest banking institutions and one of the country’s fastest and most innovative Premium distribution company. He holds an MBA degree from University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and a BA degree from Kwangwoon University, Seoul. Additionally, he has passed CFA exam Level 1.
Ms. Sodgerel Chinburen, Board member
Ms. Sodgerel Chinburen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in IT Management from State University of New York at Albany. Sodgerel is a Project Enablement Analyst at Rio Tinto Mongolia. Prior to joining Rio Tinto, she worked as a senior IT Auditor at Deloitte Mongolia. She has extensive experience in conducting IT audit and assessing the effectiveness of the internal control activities under International Standards of Auditing for clients in various industries. During her time with Deloitte, she had an opportunity to work at Deloitte's Hong Kong office on IT Audits of multinational investment banks.
Mr. Gantushig Gankhuyag, Board member
Mr. Gantushig Gankhuyag, or simply Tushig, is a banker and financial service professional. Currently, he is providing consultancy services to the Asian Development Bank on regional and private sector development in Mongolia. Previously, he worked with the Development Bank of Mongolia and Khan Bank, where he was primarily responsible for wholesale funding and investor relations activities. Tushig received his Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Cornell University in 2019 as a Fulbright Scholar and his B.S. in Finance from Indiana University South Bend in 2010.
Ms. Gantsetseg Myagmarjav, Board member
Ms. Gantsetseg Myagmarjav is the Banking Supervisor at the Bank of Mongolia, the largest financial regulatory authority in the country, and focuses on developing economic policies and guidelines. In this role, Gantsetseg is an avid policy maker, who is devoted to contributing to the economic growth of Mongolia. She received her MBA, specializing in Accounting, from the Rochester Institute of Technology in USA and Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the National University of Mongolia. Gantsetseg is also a Fulbright Alumna, International Peace Scholar, and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society.
Mr. Myagmarjav Lkhagvasuren, Board member
Mr. Myagmarjav Lkhagvasuren majored in wildlife ecology. I got UGRAD scholarship to study in Humboldt State University in California and Fulbright scholarship to study my master in Vermont University. Currently, I am working in Oyu tolgoi mine as a Fauna research specialist. I used to play basketball professionally but now it’s a hobby. My other hobby is drifting with a car.
Ms. Oyuntugs Bayaraa, Board member
Ms. Oyuntugs (Oyut) Bayaraa is an English language Translator and Rehabilitation Counselor as graduated from Mongolian University of Science and Technology and the University of Arkansas, USA on Fulbright scholarship. Through her blindness, she has overcome many obstacles in educational and vocational settings. Currently, she is focusing on intensifying a newly established national umbrella council of disability organizations of Mongolia and her NGO Firefly House in relation to her ambitious goal to psychosocial rehabilitation model for people with psychiatric disabilities.
Mr. Tuguldur Enkhtsetseg, Board member
Mr. Tuguldur Enkhtsetseg (short name is Tuugii) is a 2018-2019 Humphrey fellow and is a graduate from Cornell University program on natural resource management, environmental policy and climate change. Currently, Tuugii is a Conservation planner at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Mongolia program, implementing conservation action planning across Mongolian Protected Areas network. Tuugii is as well as Mongolia franchise leader of global Conservation Coaches Network. Over the last 10 years, he has contributed in strengthening and building capacity of protected areas staff in Mongolia for improving effective management.
Ms. Guntsengel Nyamkhuu, has six years of experience in the public sector specializing in external sector vulnerability analysis, macro-economic policy and analysis. She is working as an economist at the Monetary Policy Department at the Bank of Mongolia. Previously, she has worked as an auditor and analyst at the Mongolian National Audit Office. Guntsengel holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Business and Finance from Bryant University. She is a member of Women for Change NGO which supports empowerment and meaningful political participation of women and youth development and was selected to participate in the “Women’s Political Leadership Program-2019” in cooperation with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Foundation. Guntsengel is also a volunteer at the Mongolian National Paralympic Committee.
Mr. Dorjnamjin Nyamsuren, Program Officer
Mr. Dorjnamjin Nyamsuren is an Education Advisor at EducationUSA Mongolia, and Program Officer at the Mongolian Association of State Alumni. He studied International Economics and Relations at the National University of Mongolia, and Utica College in New York as a UGRAD participant respectively. Previously, he has worked for Mongolian Ways Co., Ltd, Veritas Global Co., Ltd and Oyu Tolgoi Underground Project. He has 6 years’ experience in tourism and 10 years’ experience in community services such as a member of the UN youth advisory panel, head of National Children Council, “Child Vision” with World Vision Mongolia, founder of World Leadership international youth network.
Ms. Iveel Munkhbaatar is an Education Advisor at EducationUSA Mongolia and a Junior Officer at the Mongolian Association of State Alumni. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Superior with B.A. in Legal Studies and Global Studies. She fulfilled her internship at Illinois Justice Corps in a courthouse of the state and started her professional career as a Project Assistant at International Organization for Migration in Mongolia, the United Nations Migration Agency. Ms. Munkhbaatar is also a human rights activist and has founded Youth for Human Rights- Mongolia, a youth-led non-profit organization with a mission to spread human rights awareness and education among young people. She is now going to obtain her Master’s degree in Transitional Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law at the Geneva Academy, a joint center of the University of Geneva with a full scholarship from the Schmidheiny Foundation.
Mr. Biligt Tsogsaikhan is an Education Advisor at EducationUSA Mongolia and a Junior Officer at the Mongolian Association of State Alumni. Mr. Biligt Tsogsaikhan lived most of his life in the United States, about nine years in Oahu, Hawaii, and six years in Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated from Lipscomb University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Sustainability Science, with an emphasis in Biology. Then worked at the non-profit organization, Turnip Green Creative Reuse, working in education and sustainability practices. Recently he has moved back to Mongolia and hopes to contribute to creating a more environmentally friendly and sustainable Mongolia.