IRIM has 20 full-time employees who are proficient in conducting research and training, managing projects and providing consultation services. Our employees are professionals in sociology, marketing, social work, public health, politics, psychology, economics, legal studies and management and they have up to twenty years of experience in relevant social research areas.

BOARD

Bekhbat Khasbazar

President

Bekhbat serves as IRIM's president since 2015. He is the former ambassador of Mongolia to the United States of America, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Lichtenstein and the permanent delegate of Mongolia to UNESCO, UN Office and The World Trade Organization. In 1990 he was the foreign policy advisor of the first president of Mongolia. He is also the director of the Diplomatic Academy and the special acting ambassador of the Foreign ministry. He is the head of the Mongolian and French friendship society and a leading member of the Ambassadors club of Mongolia.

Bekhbat graduated from the Moscow Institute of International Relations and holds a PhD in History from Moscow Academy of Social Sciences. Apart from his native Mongolian, Bekhbat is fluent in French, English and Russian.

Batchimeg Namsraidorj

Board member and Consultant

Batchimeg is an independent board member and part time education consultant at IRIM. She holds a Master of Business Administration in the managing business in Asia specialization from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Arts from St Petersburg University.  Batchimeg has over 30 years of experience in the Mongolian higher education, vocational education and management sector.

In addition to her role at IRIM she is the head of the Academic Affairs Department at the National University of Mongolia. In the last 20 years, she also worked as a freelance education consultant for international development organizations such as The World Bank, Asian Development Bank and UNDP. Batchimeg is a native Mongolian speaker and is fluent in English and Russian. 

Byambasuren Yadmaa

Board member and Consultant

At IRIM he is involved in projects as team leader, principal investigator and/or as a consultant. He helps IRIM to improve knowledge management practices to ensure researchers are sharing information among each other. Byambasuren has worked in Mongolia, Australia and South Korea. His has over 10 years of experience working in research and 15 years of experience as a lecturer and director at the National Academy of Governance in the professional development institute. He also serves on the board of the Journal of Mongolian Public Administration. Byambasuren is a native Mongolian speaker, is fluent in English and has a working knowledge of Korean.

Bold Tsevegdorj

Board member and Consultant

Bold is one of the co-founders and a board member of IRIM. He has a Master in Sociology and a Bachelor in Mathematics. He was also a lecturer at the National University of Mongolia for 16 years in the Sociology and Social Work Department. His is a secretary of the Journal ‘Sociology’ as well as a member of the Mongolian Sociological Association. Bold extensive experience in the field of sociology allows him to be a mentor for our junior staff and helps them in becoming world class researchers. Bold is a native Mongolian speaker and has a good command of Russian.

 

Tselmegsaikhan LKhagva

Board member and Consultant

Tselmegsaikhan is a mid-career leader who makes a valuable contribution to providing the government and international organizations with professional research work, introducing the importance of research sector to public and expansion of cooperation. She joined IRIM in 2009 as a researcher and is now a board member and also a former executive director. She holds a Master and Bachelor in Sociology from the National University of Mongolia. Additionally she founded and is currently a board member and chief operating officer of our sister company MIRIM that focuses on market research and business consulting.

Tselmegsaikhan is a recipient of the Australia Awards scholarship and will complete a Master in Development Studies in the University of Melbourne, Australia in 2018. Tselmegsaikhan is a native Mongolian speaker and has a very good command of English.

DR TAPAN SARKER

INDEPENDENT BOARD MEMBER

Dr Tapan Sarker joined IRIM in 2018 as an international independent board member. He holds a Bachelor from University of Chittagong, Masters from Keio University, PhD from The National Australian University. He is now Director of Engagement, Griffith Business School, a Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow based at the Asia Pacific Centre for Sustainable Enterprise (APCSE), Griffith University, Australia.

He specializes in Sustainable development, Fiscal policy, The Role of Corporate Sustainability in Asian Development, CSR and Strategy, Political economy of sustainable development. Dr Tapan Sarker has provided training ,management and international developmental consultation to a number of organizations, including the World Bank, International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation, and the Mongolian Revenue Authority.

Tamir Chultemsuren

Board member and Consultant

Tamir is one of the co-founders of IRIM. Having worked in both the consultative and academic sectors since 1999, Tamir is intimately familiar with local governance studies and Mongolian politics. Having attended various academic seminars and functions across the USA, Ireland, Hungary, Turkey, Finland, Kazakhstan, Austria, United Kingdom and Korea, Tamir has diverse and in-depth experience of engaging partners in cross-cultural settings.

His expertise areas are social research - poverty alleviation, civic participation, community development, public perception; policy research – education policy, institution strengthening, local governance and stakeholder analysis; public-private partnership, monitoring and evaluation; project management and consultation.

Moreover his work has involved explicit inputs to teaching (including within universities and colleges), training (speciality courses, on-the-job, and so on) and mentoring (including students on various types of courses), giving Tamir excellent inter-personal skills.

Dolgion Aldar

Consultant, BOARD MEMBER

Dolgion started her career at IRIM in 2009 as a researcher but her role has changed over the years and she is currently the executive director of IRIM and has been since 2012. Dolgion has extensive international experience and believes that professionals in Mongolia have a lot to benefit by collaborating with their counterparts around the world. She has attended conferences in Mongolia, Japan, Philippines, Hungary, Turkey and the UK. She has served as a panelist for the forum on Japan - ADB Assistance Outcomes and Future Directions in Mongolia. 

Her key qualifications include project management, sector and policy studies, monitoring and evaluation, and institution strengthening. She has a Masters in Political Science from the University of Manchester and a Masters in Sociology from the National University of Mongolia. Dolgion is fluent in English and Mongolian and has a good command of French.

Directors

Batsugar Tsedendamba

Executive Director

Batsugar started his career as a researcher, senior researcher, international project manager  at IRIM in 2011 and had worked as Operations director since 2015 and has been the CEO since 2018. He has obtained sociologist and lawyer major. He holds a Master in Sociology from the National University of Mongolia as well as Bachelors in Law and Sociology. Previous to his current role he worked as the international project manager at IRIM where he was responsible for preparing proposals for research projects as well as planning and implementing projects. His research interests are globalization, international development issues, policy analysis, governance. Batsugar is a native speaker of Mongolian and is fluent in Russian and English.

In 2017, he participated annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group (WBG) through the IMF Civil Society (CSO) Fellowship Program. Also participated “Promoting Effective Governance for Mining Sector Development through capacity building in research and engagement” program at the Griffith University.

Minjirmaa Namjinbaatar

Operations Director

Minjirmaa has been working at IRIM as a project coordinator and project manager since 2013 and has been the Operations director in 2018. She holds a Bachelor and Master of Sociology from the National University of Mongolia. Her current role is ensure the best outcome for our projects and above all to meet our client’s requirements. She works closely to oversee projects implemented as well as ensuring that IRIMs has a positive working environment and that internal policy and procedures are followed. Her research interests are mining, and governance issues including corruption, transparency and corporate social responsibility. She is a native speaker of Mongolian has a very good command of English and Russian.

She also participated “Promoting Effective Governance for Mining Sector Development through capacity building in research and engagement” program at the Griffith University in 2017.

Managers

Ian Leach

Senior Project Manager

Ian joined IRIM in 2013 as a Senior Researcher. He has been involved in teams working on various projects related to mining, SMEs, TVET and water resources.

Ian trained as a biochemist, and worked on pure and applied research within the food industry before joining what is now the Natural Resources Institute. In the NRI, he was responsible for home-based and overseas projects related to meat and meat by-products (including hides, skins and wool) and has worked in many countries throughout Africa, Central and South  Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. In 2000 he completed an MBA at Oxford Brookes University and became more involved in enterprise (including livelihoods) development; with various organizations including: ADB, AfDB, EBRD, FAO and IBRD. Prior to joining IRIM he worked as Team Leader and Agriculture Policy Specialist on EU-funded projects - in what were previously the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and Ministry of Industry and Trade . His main research interests are traditional (subsistence) livestock production and commercial agriculture.

Elberel Tumenjargal

Project manager

Elberel is the project manager at IRIM. She joined IRIM as a researcher in 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Social work from the National University of Mongolia. Her roles as a project manager include responsibilities regarding the successful initiation, planning, design, execution, monitoring, controlling and closure of a project. Elberel’s research interests include youth sexual and reproductive health, vulnerable groups and children’s rights. She is a native speaker of Mongolian and has a very good command of English.

Odonchimeg Tsevegmid

Project manager

Odonchimeg rejoined at IRIM in February 2018 as the Project Manager. After graduating National University of Mongolia as a sociologist in 2010, she’d worked for IRIM for a year as a researcher. Then she had been gained over 5+ years’ experience in research, project management, and monitoring and evaluation area in both local and international NGOs. She has a Master’s in Public Management, specializing in global public policy from the University of Potsdam in 2017, with a scholarship from German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).   

Her areas of specialization include global and multi-level governance, sustainable development, knowledge transfer and evidence-based policy making. Odonchimeg is fluent in Mongolian and English, and has a good command of German.

Bayarmaa Khurelchuluun

PROJECT MANAGER

Bayarmaa is the research manager at IRIM. She joined IRIM as a researcher in 2009. She holds a Bachelor of Sociologist from the National University of Mongolia. Her roles as a research manager include responsibilities regarding the successful initiation, planning, design, execution, monitoring, controlling and closure of a project. Bayarmaa’s research areas of interest focus on governance, more specifically transparency and openness of government agencies, civic engagement in public service improvement.

ERDENETSETSEG DASHDELEG

PROJECT MANAGER

Erdenetsetseg has been working at IRIM as a project coordinator and researcher since 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Sociology from the National University of Mongolia. Her roles as a project coordinator include responsibilities for the successful initiation, planning, design, execution, monitoring, controlling and closure of a project. Recently, she is working on the consultancy project successfully and has numerous experience on organizing workshops and training. Her areas of specialization include mining responsibility, civic engagement, sustainable development, rights of persons with disabilities. Erdenetsetseg is fluent in Mongolian and English, and has a good command of Japanese.

Researchers

Erdenesaikhan Lkhagvasuren

Researcher

Erdensaikhan joined IRIM in 2013 as a researcher. He holds a Bachelor in Sociology from the National University of Mongolia. His research interest areas include governance, mining and the environment. He also assists the project managers in analyzing data and preparing reports.

Dashzeveg Lkhagvanorov

Researcher

Dashzeveg joined IRIM in 2012 and is a researcher and coordinator at IRIM. He holds a Bachelor of Sociology from the National University of Mongolia. He joined IRIM in 2012 and he has been involved in numerous monitoring and evaluation projects. Working as a project manager he is responsible for organizing and developing project plans, developing research tools, analyzing data and writing reports.

Khaliunbat Batdorj

Researcher

Khaliunbat has been working at IRIM as a project coordinator and researcher since 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Sociology from the National University of Mongolia. His roles as a project coordinator include responsibilities for the successful initiation, planning, design, execution, monitoring, controlling and closure of a project. Recently, she is working on the consultancy project successfully and has numerous experience on organizing workshops and training. His areas of specialization include mining and environmental.

Dolgorsuren Gombojav

RESEARCHER

Holding Bachelor in Sociology from the National University of Mongolia, Dolgorsuren commenced her career at IRIM as a researcher in May 2016. During this time, she has gained experience of working as a researcher and coordinator for research projects in the areas of gender, mining, education and governance. Her research interest areas include gender studies and policy studies, urban governance and urban poverty in particular.

Kunsaule Teliman

Researcher

Kunsaule joined IRIM in 2014 and is a researcher and coordinator at IRIM. He holds a Bachelor of Sociology from the National University of Mongolia. He joined IRIM in 2014 and he has been involved in numerous monitoring and evaluation projects. Working as a project coordinator he is responsible for organizing and developing project plans, developing research tools, analyzing data and writing reports.

TUVSHINTUGS DEKHCHINJAV

RESEARCHER

Tuvshintugs joined IRIM as a researcher in 2017. She holds a Bachelor degree in Sociology from the National University of Mongolia. As a researcher, she coordinates field research, manages data cleaning process. She also provides assistance in producing reports.  She is fluent in English and Korean. Her research interest areas include employment and education.

Administration

KHONGORZUL MUNKHCHULUUN

FINANCIER

Khongorzul is a financier at IRIM. She holds a Bachelor in Sociology from the National University of Mongolia and learning a Bachelor of accountancy from the Mandakh Burtgel Institute. Since joining IRIM in 2009 she has worked on financier.

Shinebayar Naidan

Data quality officer

Shinebayar has been working at IRIM as a data quality officer since 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Sociology from the National University of Mongolia.

Uyanga Erdenebat

Project financier

She has been working as a project financier at the Independent research Institute of Mongolia since 2015. 

She holds a bachelor degree in Geologic mapping from the Mongolian University of Science and Technology. In addition, she earned a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from the Mandakh Burtgel University.  

Consultants

MANLAIBAATAR ZAGDBAZAR

Consultant

Manlaibaatar is internal monitoring officer at IRIM. In these being responsible for reviewing the quality of IRIM’s products.  He holds a Master degree in Economic Policy from the Central European University in Hungary. His majors are applied mathematics and economics.

His work experience includes working as a researcher at Economic Research Institute of Mongolia, a research assistant in the Central Bank of Hungary, a researcher at Development Strategy and System Research Centre. He has also held positions as a lecturer of economics, mathematics modeling and game theory at the National University of Mongolia and the Khan Uul Institute. His research field is in fiscal policy, economic modeling, properties and labor markets, SME development, and institutional economics. Manlaibaatar is a native speaker in Mongolian and fluent in English.

BULGAN LUUZANDAMBA

Consultant

Bulgan started her career at IRIM in 2016 as the consultants. She has extensive experience with the United Nations Mongolia and public sector, namely public health, gender and population dynamics issues.

Her key qualifications include project management, monitoring and evaluation, and institution strengthening. She has a Masters in International Development from the International University of Japan. Bulgan is fluent in English, Russian and Mongolian and has a good command of Japanese.

Damba Lkhagvasuren

Consultant

Damba is a project consultant at IRIM. He holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in economics from the University of Rochester, USA, and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Colorado, USA. His areas of specialty are education, unemployment and labor issues. Damba is fluent in Mongolian, Russian and English

AMARTOGTOH MISHA

Consultant

Amartogtokh is a project consultant at IRIM. He holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Anglia Ruskin University, UK. His areas of specialization are governance, public policy, human resources management  and public management. Amartogtokh is fluent in Mongolian and English.