MASA is governed by a board of 18 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 2017 and comprises of the following members:
Current Board Members
Ms. Bulgantuya Khurelbaatar is the Vice Minister of Ministry of Finance, President of MASA. She 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.
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).
Ms. Sanjaakhand Nansalmaa, a 2015-2016 Fulbright Fellow. Sanjaakhand holds a Masters 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.
Mr. Batjin Boldbat holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and French Cultural Studies from Williams College. Batjin is the founder and director of Tomujin Academy, a small education NGO based in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Tomujin Academy’s fundamental focus is to increase access to quality tertiary education in the USA for Mongolian high school students. It further seeks to establish the first alternative high school in Mongolia by 2020. On top of Tomujin Academy, Batjin is also a co-founder of Tom Inc, an incubator that focuses on solving modern day problems of Mongolia through entrepreneurship, technology, and simple innovations. Through Tom Inc Batjin founded Ulaanbaatar Passport, with the vision to make the services in Mongolia accessible to tourists and locals.
Ms. Javkhlanbazar Radnaabazar (Jenny), currently hold senior manager position at Investment & Foreign Relations department at Altain Khuder LLC. She graduated from DePaul University with B.S. in Marketing and Finance and graduated Harvard University’s Division of Continuing Education School 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 has organized group companies BOD meetings on quarterly basis consist 10-12 board of directors and senior management team. In the past, Jenny published well known case study key notes and briefings on the local marketing magazine called “Marketing Today” hoping to incorporate and introduce the international best practices to the local community.
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. Namnandorj Bayaraa is currently serving his second term as a board member of MASA. Graduated State University of New York at Buffalo with degree in Psychology and International Trade. Namnandorj is the CEO of TenGer Systems, subsidiary of Ard Financial Group. Previously worked as project coordinator at startup company Mongol ID. He is also the Mongolian representative of UK startup what3words. Namnandorj is a member at Global Shapers Ulaanbaatar Hub and serves as board member at Erdemt NGO, Tomujin Academy and Mongolian Volleyball Association.
Mr. Batzaya Batsaikhan (Zack)
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. Aldarsaikhan Tuvshinbat, a 2013-2015 Fulbright Fellow, is a local director of Lorinet Foundation. Before joining the Lorinet Foundation, she worked at the New York City Economic Development Corporation overseeing some of the city’s major real estate developments. She has a background in real estate development, urban planning, and architecture. She holds a BS in Architecture from MIT and a Master’s in Urban Planning from Harvard University.
Ms. Burtguljin Tumentsogt, however I prefer to be called Sundari as I changed my name for personal reasons. I graduated from Orchlon International School, then pursued my bachelor’s degree at The George Washington University with a B.B.A. in Marketing and Communications. I previously worked at XacBank as a marketing specialist, interned at the IMF, NANS Cashmere, and Schulze Global Investments (SGI). I currently work at the Deposit Insurance Corporation of Mongolia (DICOM). I’m also a member of the Global Shapers Community UB Hub.
Mr. Byambasuren Chuluunbat has worked as a government relations manager in the mining sector until 2016 and has since then joined the Energy Efficiency Project, implemented by the German International Cooperation (GIZ) based at the Ministry of Energy. In 2009, he was selected to take part in the Open Society Foundation’s Undergraduate Exchange Program (UEP) under the auspices of Mr. George Soros and completed a one-year exchange program at the University of Arkansas. Upon his return, he completed his degree in International Relations at the School of International Relations and Public Administration (SIRPA) at the National University of Mongolia
Mr. Telmuun Byambaragchaa, a 2015-2017 Fulbright fellow, is a specialist of Fiscal Policy and Planning Department of Ministry of Finance. He holds his MPA degree in economic and financial policy from Cornell University, and MA in International law from Law school of National University of Mongolia with two other bachelor degrees in economics and finance. Mr. Telmuun has contributed variety of fiscal and tax reforms. His current work focuses on modernizing income tax legislation, tax treaty negotiations and investment agreements. Also, he served as a Vice President of Cornell Public Affairs Society and a representative to the Graduate Professional Student Assembly of Cornell University.
Ms. Solongoo Bayarsaikhan is currently a senior associate with Hogan Lovells. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Solongoo worked as an in-house legal associate for MCS Holding LLC. Solongoo graduated with an LL.B. from the Eötvös Loránd Science University in Budapest, and earned an LL.M. in mineral law and policy from the University of Dundee. She also received her LL.M from the Harvard Law school in 2015.
Mr. Erdenesanaa Burenjargal is currently Advisor to the Minister and Chief of The Secretariat of the Government of Mongolia. Previously, he worked as Chairman of the Board at ArigBank Mongolia, where he has served as an Independent Director since 2010. He worked as the Vice President for Retail Financial Services at TDB, Mongolia's largest commercial bank at the time when the bank was managed by ING Bank of Netherland under the technical assistance. Erdenesanaa is an experienced financial sector leader. He introduced several major international payment cards—American Express, Visa, MasterCard and JCB, as well as MoneyGram, an international wire transfer service—to the Mongolian banking system. His prior experiences include the establishment and running as CEO/Director of two successful financial companies—SmartCapital Fund (since 2013) and InvessCom (2000-2005) work as a Structured Finance/Merchant Banker at Gerald Metals, Inc. in Stamford, Connecticut. Erdenesanaa earned his MBA at the University of Rochester in New York, and his undergraduate degree in banking at the Economics Academy of Irkutsk, Russia
Ms. Baigalmaa Purevsuren
Ms. Baigalmaa Purevsuren works as a Principal Advisor Projects at Oyu Tolgoi. Prior to join Oyu Tolgoi, she worked as a business analyst at Rio Tinto Copper Group. She holds a BBA degree in operations management from School of Economic Studies of National University of Mongolia and an MBA degree in finance, competitive and organizational strategy from Simon Graduate Business School of University of Rochester. Baigalmaa is a strategy professional with an extensive background in financial and socioeconomic analysis in mining industry.
Mr. Battushig Batbold is Chairman of Skytel LLC (telecom, media) and Emart Mongolia (retail). He is also serving as First Vice President of Mongolian National Olympic Committee and Chef de Mission for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Battushig is an external member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Mongolia. Battushig is a graduate of the University of Chicago for his bachelors in economics in 2009 and graduate of Harvard Business School with an MBA. He is the founder of mentorship nonprofit Mongolia Needs You NGO, and was previously a governing board member of the US mentorship nonprofit America Needs You. Battushig serves as board member of the environmental organization Mazaalai Foundation, to protect and preserve the remaining Gobi Bears.
Mrs. Munkhsoyol, a 2011 Hubert Humphrey Fellow, is a CEO, Institute for National Strategy, a non-profit and nongovernmental organization and a commentator on economy for Mongol TV. Recent years she worked 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 join 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.
Ms. Nomintuya Baasankhuu, a 2010-2012 Fulbright fellow, is a graduate of Columbia University and National University of Mongolia. She is currently the Deputy Executive Director of Arts Council of Mongolia (ACM) and through her she focuses on nourishing multistakeholder partnership for sustainable development and promotes cultural diversity for positive social impact. Nomintuya is currently leading the Ulaanbaatar International Media Arts Festival, which promotes collaboration and intersection of arts, science and technology. In 2009, she initiated the Young Leaders in the Arts program, which has empowered more than 100 artists to become leaders in the arts. As a Global shaper, a curator and a cultural leader she was selected to contribute to the agenda of 2016 Annual Meeting of World Economic Forum and 2017 New Champions Annual Meeting of World Economic Forum. Nomintuya is a former professional contortionist and toured 22 countries around the world and was speaker at TEDMED Ulaanbaatar 2013 based on research on contortion. She is recipient of International Peace Scholarship; Leman Fellowship Award; Undergraduate Exchange Program Scholarship, Open Society Institute and listed in 30 under 30, Forbes Mongolia (2014).