About us

Human resource

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.

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.

Directors

Dolgion Aldar

Executive Director

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.

Batsugar Tsedendamba

Operations Director

Batsugar is the operations director at IRIM, in this role he works closely with the executive director to oversee projects implemented by IRIM as well as ensuring that IRIMs has a positive working environment and that internal policy and procedures are followed. 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.

BULGAN LUUZANDAMBA

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Bulgan started her career at IRIM in 2016 as the Project Development Director. 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.

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.

Dashzeveg Lkhagvanorov

Project manager

Dashzeveg joined IRIM in 2012 and is a project manager 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.

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.

Researchers

Sukhbaatar Oyun

Researcher

Sukhbaatar joined IRIM in 2010 and since then has been extensively involved in field research. He holds a Bachelor of 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.

Kunsaule Teliman

Researcher

Kunsuale joined IRIM as a researcher in 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Sociology from the National University of Mongolia. She conducts field research which includes administering questionnaires and assisting with focus group interviews and key informant interview. She also assists in analyzing the data and producing reports.  She is a native speaker of Kazakh and Mongolian  and has a good command of English, Russian and Turkish.

Batsaikhan Ulziibuyan

Researcher

Batsaikhan is a researcher at IRIM. He holds a Bachelor in Sociology from the National University of Mongolia.  He has gained significant field experience since joining IRIM in 2011. His areas of interest are monitoring and evaluation as well as artisanal mining.

Minjirmaa Namjinbaatar

Researcher

Minjirmaa is a researcher and project coordinator, she joined IRIM in 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Sociology from the National University of Mongolia and is working towards her Master of Sociology.  Minjirmaa is responsible for developing field research plans, and supervising and monitoring the progress of data collection activities. She is a native speaker of Mongolian has a very good command of English and Russian.

Khaliunbat Batdorj

Researcher

Khaliunbat joined IRIM in 2010. He holds a Bachelor of sociology from the National University of Mongolia. Since joining IRIM in 2012 he has gained significant field research experience. He is especially interested in research about artisanal miners and youth issues.

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.

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.

MANLAIBAATAR ZAGDBAZAR

Internal monitoring officer

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.

Consultants

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.

ENKHTUUL RENCHINDAVAA

Consultant

Enkhtuul is a project consultant at IRIM. She holds a master’s degree in biological science from Mongolian National University. Her specialties are the environment and desertification. Enkhtuul is fluent in Mongolian, Russian and English.

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

NERGUIBAATAR TEGSHJARGAL

Consultant

Nerguibaatar is a project consultant at IRIM. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Mongolian University of Science and Technology. He specializes in industry human resources, marketing and business management. Nerguibaatar is fluent in Mongolian and English.