Board of Directors

Jay Liotta
Chairman

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.

Munkhnasan Narmandakh
Vice Chairwoman

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.

 

Chris Melville
Director

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.

 

Enkhtsetseg Damdinsuren
Director

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.

Gary Biondo
Director

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.

Gerelmaa Batchuluun
Director

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.

John Bell
Director

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.

Maryna Tarnavska
Director

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
Director

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.

Nick Cousyn
Director

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 Jamba
Director

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.

Adiya Oyungerel
Executive Director

Adiya Oyungerel is the Executive Director for the American Chamber of Commerce in Mongolia. Adiya Oyungerel previously served as the Director of Policy and Advocacy of AmCham for two years, and was responsible for designing, building, and implementing the advocacy efforts of AmCham's policy initiatives. Adiya has extensive work experience in the private sector from his time with Oyu Tolgoi, and his employment with the government and a number of development agencies, including the EBRD, UN and SDC. Adiya holds an MBA from the University of Sheffield in the UK with a major in FDI promotion. Adiya currently sits on Mongolia’s Investment Protection Council, initiated under the auspices of the Prime Minister, as one of the council's three private sector representatives.

Javkhlantugs Ganbaatar
Director of Policy and Advocacy

Javkhlantugs Ganbaatar is the Director of Policy and Advocacy for the American Chamber of Commerce in Mongolia, and is responsible for designing, building, and implementing the advocacy efforts of AmCham's policy initiatives. He previously worked for three years as Director of Business Development and Project Manager for MERA LLC, and successfully executed projects related to building new plants and manufacturing import-substituting products. Javkhlantugs has extensive work experience in the private sector from previous employment with Oyu Tolgoi and Blue Sky Aviation LLC, and an internship at the House of Representatives (USA) with Congressman Joe Pitts. As an advisor in the Government and External Relations department of Oyu Tolgoi, he advised and managed external engagements with government stakeholders and also led the Policy Advocacy Program. Javkhlantugs holds joint-master’s degrees (MBA and MA in Government) from Regent University in the USA.

Namuun Khurts

Namuun Khurts is the Director of Communications for the American Chamber of Commerce in Mongolia responsible for communication-related matters at AmCham. Prior to her current position, Namuun Khurts was a columnist at the UB Post, and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the MIAT Inflight Magazine. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelors of Art, majoring in Philosophy, and minoring in Political Science.

Tsatsral Gansukh

Tsatsral Gansukh is the Director of Events for the American Chamber of Commerce in Mongolia. Previously, she worked as a Research and Development Manager at APU company. Tsatsral graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Sydney in Australia majoring in Biochemistry and Nutrition.

Baasantsetseg Baatar
Finance and Administrative Officer

Baasantsetseg Baatar is the Finance and Administrative Officer responsible for managing AmCham’s daily activities. Previously, Baasantsetseg worked as the Chief Accountant at Boroo Mining Co. Ltd, one of Mongolia’s largest mining companies. She brings to AmCham vast experiences from business and NGO sectors.

Battsetseg Tolya
Program Coordinator

Battsetseg Tolya is the Program coordinator for the American Chamber of Commerce in Mongolia and is primarily responsible for Daily Newswire and other daily administrative tasks. She has experiences completing office administrative tasks, sales, bookkeeping, researching marketing plans, interpreting in Mongolian and English. Battsetseg holds a bachelors degree of Foreign Trade Specialist, School of Economic Studies, National University of Mongolia and an M.B.A. of University of South Los Angeles, United States.

Jackson Cox
Founder

Jackson Cox is Founder and CEO of Woodmont International, a private firm that was established in 2005 to provide public affairs and government relations consulting services to companies and investors in Mongolia and throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Mr. Cox was elected Chairman of the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce in March 2015. APCAC was established in 1968 and is the association of 30 American Chambers of Commerce in the Asia Pacific region. APCAC’s collective membership represents over 15,000 companies, 50,000 overseas American workers, and annual trade and investment of over US$500 billion. Mr. Cox is also the Founder and Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Mongolia – the official affiliate office of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Mongolia. Prior to founding Woodmont International, Mr. Cox worked in the international political sector where he managed projects in Mongolia and Cambodia for the International Republican Institute. Mr. Cox is from Johnson City, Tennessee and a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville. He served as the East Tennessee campaign chairman for Bill Frist’s successful campaign for United States Senate in 1994 and as the Political Director of Frist’s re-election in 2000. Mr. Cox served as advisor to Senator Frist in the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C. between the two campaigns.

Magnai Ganzorig
Member

Magnai Ganzorig currently serves as Board Member and the Executive Director of G-Mobile LLC, one of the leading telecommunications company in Mongolia. Additionally, he has held several positions within Magnai Trade, LLC and its subsidiary companies including serving as the Head of the Information Technology Division, Director of Business Development and Executive Director of MT Market, LLC. Prior to joining Magnai Trade LLC he was a marketing manager at Capital Bank of Mongolia and the Executive Director of ARB Mongolia. Magnai is proficient in three languages, his native language of Mongolian and is fluent in Russian and English. Magnai holds a Certificate of Study for Senior Management Training from the Joint Vienna Institute and earned a degree in Business Informatics in the United States from the Indiana University.

David Reiner
Member

David Reiner, Founding member & CEO of MSM Group LLC is a U.S. citizen with residence in Ulaanbaatar. He holds degrees in Economics/Politics Science and Law. Prior to his career at MSM, he worked as a Financial Adviser and Associate Lawyer in the USA, Japan, and Mongolia. He speaks English, Japanese, Mongolian, and Spanish.

Jay Liotta
Member

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.

Contact AmCham Mongolia
Address: 8F, Naiman Zovkhis ("Eznis") Building 21 Seoul Street
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Phone: (976) 70003437
Email: info@amcham.mn

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