Board of Directors
Mr. Liotta is a letterhead partner of MahoneyLiotta LLP and has 15 years of experience with Mongolia beginning in 2000 as a Peace Corps Volunteer. MahoneyLoitta is an amalgamation of some of the most experienced legal service providers and specialists from Mongolia and abroad. Mr. Liotta was named a leading lawyer for commercial practice in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, and as one of the world’s leading mining practitioners in Who’s Who Legal. He advises on market entry strategies, local partner selection and a diverse range of legal services in the minerals/energy, infrastructure, corporate and financial sectors, and has represented clients in arbitration at the Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and in the courts of Mongolia up through the Supreme Court. In addition, he has been at the forefront of numerous legislation initiatives fundamental to investment and doing business in Mongolia. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of Friends of Mongolia, and he is a member of the New York Bar Association and received a certificate from the Ministry of Justice as a registered foreign attorney in Mongolia.
At Monpolymet Group, as the Chairwoman, she oversees the Group’s various business activities in mining, mineral explorations, rehabilitation, construction and production of building materials with over 1000 employees while focusing on delivering the Group’s business visions through improvements in governance, environmental responsibility, standardization, and business performance. A trilingual financial engineer with World Bank, Central Bank of Mongolia development economics experience that ventured both in public and private sectors. Received cum laude diplomas with double majors in undergrad and graduate studies from George Washington University in Washington, DC, USA and the University of San Francisco, CA, USA in Finance and Economics. Previously as a CEO at Monpolymet, she implemented the company’s MonCement project and successfully commissioned Mongolia’s first technologically advanced and environmentally friendly cement plant that substitutes imports. Her past professional experience includes the World Bank producing macroeconomic reports from 2009-2012 while focusing on improving the public’s understanding of the economic situation and the rationale of the government’s policy reforms, thus helping to forge consensus around the policy reform agenda. She also worked at the Central Bank of Mongolia as an economist.
Prior to founding his own firm, Melville Erdenedalai LLP (M&E), Chris Melville was the Managing Partner of Hogan Lovells (Mongolia) LLP. Based in Mongolia since 2012, he has developed a broad-based legal practice in the country, including advising foreign investors, Mongolian clients and the Mongolian government on corporate and M&A, joint venture, banking and finance, and infrastructure projects. He has extensive experience of emerging market jurisdictions, having advised clients on cross-border investments relating to the Russian Federation for over 10 years prior to relocating to Mongolia, including a two-year period spent in Moscow with Hogan Lovells CIS. Recognized as a leading lawyer by several major legal directories, Chris is a regular contributor to the De Facto Gazette, an English language biweekly publication on Mongolian politics and the economy. Chris served as a board member of the North American-Mongolia Business Council from 2016 to 2018.
Ms. Enkhtsetseg has 25 years of working experience in various key management positions at MCS Group. She has extensive knowledge in various fields like Energy and Infrastructure, Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Real Estate and Mining. She is particularly involved in the decision making of key new business projects and its implementations, key investment decision-making of the group, overall leadership structure and strategic plan of the group. Currently, Ms. Enkhtsetseg serves as Vice President and also as BoD member of MCS Group. Ekhtsetseg holds Master's Degree in Business Administration from Maastricht University and fluently speaks English and Russian.
Mr. Biondo had over 30 years international experience in the hotel management field, including 27 years with Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts. Career has included General Manager positions in four different locations in China, and most recently as General Manager of Shangri-La Hotel Ulaanbaatar. Before coming to Mongolia, international work experience included assignments to China (7 locations), Fiji Islands, Taiwan, and Philippines. He arrived in UB in July 2014 to lead the Shangri-La pre-opening team, successfully opened the hotel in June 2015 and retired from Shangri-La in June 2018. Currently, Mr. Biondo is Chairman of the Board of Trustee for the International School of Ulaanbaatar with 4 year service, including chair position since April 2017.
Under her leadership, Steppe Group operates in the U.S., South Korea and Mongolia in vibrant areas such as capital markets, ICT and fintech. She has worked at the OECD on economic policy, investment, corporate governance, sustainable development, and innovation. She held C-level positions at technology startups in Korea and the U.S. before co-founding STEPPE TECH, the New York based integrated technology innovation agency that has worked with major financial institutions and universities. Steppe has successfully crafted and implemented market expansion strategies for the prominent startups from Korea to enter the U.S. market. Gerelmaa finished dual degrees at KAIST, one of the prestigious science and technology schools, with mathematical science and management. She finished her Masters at the University of Versailles with honors specializing in Innovation Management.
Mr. John Bell joined Khan Bank in August 2015, as Deputy CEO for Business, and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in April 2016. Mr. Bell joined Khan Bank with more than 22 years of international banking experience, principally in consumer banking, managing distribution channels, marketing, products and service operations.
Prior to joining Khan Bank, Mr. Bell held senior positions at Citibank, ABN AMRO, and RBS, across European emerging markets and the USA. He served as Head of Citigold Wealth Management at Citibank (Poland), as well as Head of Retail Banking for the Royal Bank of Scotland in Romania. In addition, Mr. Bell directed business transformation projects for RBS in Romania and India. Mr. Bell earned his bachelor's degree from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland.
Ms. Maryna is a Senior Manager in PwC Mongolia with over fifteen years of professional experience in providing a wide range of tax services to a variety of industries including Mining and Energy sectors, Consumer and Industrial Products and Services (CIPS), Pharmaceutical, Retail, Food and Beverages, Real Estate, FMCG, IT and Telecommunications.
In October 2014 Maryna joined a tax team in PricewaterhouseCoopers office in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia from PricewaterhouseCoopers Ukraine. Prior to joining the firm Maryna was working with the Ukrainian Ministry of Taxation where she was responsible for the administration of corporate income tax, including tax legislation interpretation (tax rulings), development of tax laws, methodologies and regulations, participation in litigation procedures (tax appeals, court litigations) etc. In PricewaterhouseCoopers Mongolia, Maryna is responsible for co-leading the Mongolian tax practice and advising local and international companies on tax compliance, ‘tax health’ check-ups, assistance in dealing with the tax authorities, corporate restructuring projects and M&As, consulting on domestic and cross-border transactions, transfer pricing etc.
Michael Fischer is a professional mining engineer with more than 30 years of mine management experience, covering gold and base metals in South Africa, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Chile, and Kyrgyzstan. In his previous post, Michael served as President of Kumtor Gold Company, a multi-million ounce gold mine with more than 5,000 employees in Kyrgyzstan. Mike’s long career in gold mining brings a wealth of experience that can be of great benefit to AmCham’s advocacy efforts to strengthen confidence in Mongolia’s gold mining policies.
Mr. Cousyn is a Capital Markets professional with 18 years of alternatives and traditional industry experience. Before moving to Mongolia in 2012, Mr. Cousyn was an investment banking and securities professional in the U.S., working for such firms as Deutsche Bank, Wells Fargo, Natixis Bank and First Tennessee Bank. Since 2012, Mr. Cousyn has served as Chief Operating Officer and head of research for BDSec (MO:BDS), Mongolia’s largest broker and investment bank, the Chief Communications Officer for Petro Matad and was a Member of the Board of Directors of Sharyn Gol (MO:SHG), Mongolia’s fifth largest coal mine. Mr. Cousyn has been a fulltime resident of Mongolia since 2012, is currently the Co-Founder of Terra Explorers, Member of the Board of Directors for Mongolia Growth Group (YAK:CN) and holds a BA in Economics from the University of California at Riverside.
Sunjidmaa joined Oyu Tolgoi in September 2018 as General Manager, External Affairs and Communications. Sunjidmaa has extensive experiences in areas of External affairs, Partnership development, Stakeholder management, Communications and Social performance.She worked as Manager for Corporate Affairs and Sustainability in Anglo American and Peabody Energy. As External Affairs and Partnership Officer of the World Bank, she managed external affairs, partnerships and communications of the bank operations and programs in Mongolia.She served as a Chair of the Mongolian National Mining Association from 2015 to 2017.
Sunjidmaa holds a Master of Science from Chemical Technology Institute in Prague, Czech Republic and completed an international executive program of the Academy of International Marketing and Management in Hamburg, Germany. She also graduated from the Fletcher School, Tufts University in MA, USA and holds a Global Master of Arts degree.