Mongolia and Siberia

Nomadism, Geopolitics, and the Environment



Badruun Gardi
Badruun GardiBadruun holds a BA with a double major in Psychology and Communication from Stanford University. He is founder and CEO of GerHub and a leader in Mongolia interested in national development. GerHub is a nonprofit seeking to transform the living environments of the urban poor. From 2011 to 2014, Badruun was Executive Director of the Zorig Foundation, an NGO focusing on good governance, youth education, and community development. He is also a board member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. He is an alumnus of the US Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and the inaugural class of the Asia Foundation Development Fellowship.

Jon Lyons, MBA
Jon is vice president of Regulatory Affairs and Strategy at Erdene Resource Development, where he is responsible for managing the various government permitting processes required to advance Erdene’s mineral exploration and mining projects. Jon is also responsible for oversight of health, safety, environment, and community areas for the company, especially to ensure compliance and cultivate shared value for all stakeholders. Previously, Jon was with the Global Green Growth Institute as the country representative to Mongolia. Jon has lived and worked intermittently in Mongolia and the region, including a previous posting with Erdene, since 2001. Jon earned an MBA from Maastricht University and the EuroMBA consortium and a BA (summa cum laude) in physics and anthropology from Wheaton College and is fluent in Mongolian and Russian.

Batjaviin Bayartuul, PhD Candidate
Batjaviin BayartuulBatjaviin has taught Mongolian for SIT students since 2009. She graduated from the University of the Humanities as an English teacher and translator and holds an MA in linguistics from the National University of Mongolia, where she is a PhD candidate and a language teacher for international students. She has also taught Mongolian language courses at Australian National University, Western Washington University in the US, and Bonn University in Germany. Her research focuses on second language acquisition and lexicology. She published two textbooks on Mongolian grammar and a dictionary of synonyms for foreign learners.

Ganbold Dashlkhagva, PhD
ganbold DashlkhagvaGanbold has taught SIT students Mongolian since 2012. He graduated from the teachers college in Arkhangai, and received another BA in Mongolian language and literature from School of Khovd, the National University of Mongolia. In 2001, he received his PhD in Mongolian language and culture studies from the Institute of Language and Literature at the Mongolian Academy of Science. His research focuses on ancient and religious Mongolian literature, traditional Mongolian script, and Buddhist studies. He has published articles in Mongolian, Russian, and Chinese. He is a Mongolian language teacher at Mongolian State University of Education.

Onon Bayasgalan, MA
Onon BayasgalanOnon  has worked as a policy analyst at Wildlife Conservation Society, Mongolia. She holds a BA in environmental economics from Whitman College and a master’s of environmental management in environmental policy from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is currently working on a MPhil in conservation leadership at Cambridge University. She is interested in sustainable pasture management, air pollution, global environmental governance, and climate change strategies. Onon has worked in youth education on global problems for primary school students and young adults. She lectures on ecosystem-based climate change in Mongolia and adaptation strategies and water resource management policies.

Oyun Sanjaasuren, PhD, Former Member of Parliament
Oyun SanjaasurenOyun holds a PhD in earth sciences from Cambridge University, and a BA and MS in geochemistry from Charles University, Prague. She is director for external affairs, at the Green Climate Fund. She worked as chair of Global Water Partnership, a former member of the Mongolian parliament, former minister of Environment and Green Development, and former minister of Foreign Affairs. She is president of the United Nations Environment Assembly of UNEP. After a career as a geologist, she served five consecutive terms in parliament, and has led reforms in green development and the water sector. She is founder and head of the Zorig Foundation, a leading Mongolian NGO dedicated to the advancement of democracy. She chairs Special Olympics Mongolia and the Mongolia Chapter of Women Corporate Directors.

J. Adiyasuren
Since 2016, Adiyasuren has worked as executive director of the Academy for Political Education, where he focuses on political education for youth and capacity building of newly elected mandate holders. After graduating from the National University of Mongolia’s School of Foreign Service, Adiyasuren worked as a researcher at the Institute for Strategic Studies of the National Security Council of Mongolia. There, his work focused on Mongolia’s third neighbor policy, Mongolia-US relations, and Mongolia’s involvement in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe as well as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Adiyasuren has participated in programs such as the OSCE’s 17th Summer Academy’s Conflict and Modernization in Central Asia international program and the Daniel K. Inoue Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies’ Advanced Security Cooperation course.