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Theme: Honoring Tradition, Designing The Future

This event occurred on
August 20, 2011
8:00am - 6:00pm ULAT
(UTC +8hrs)
Ulaanbaatar, 1

As the idea behind TED is sharing knowledge, at TEDxUlaanbaatar, our speakers aim to present inspirational stories about the past, present, and future of Mongolia.

They will speak on topics ranging from Mongolian history to the vast web of Mongolian peoples across the world, from intellectual puzzles to the eclectic fusion of modern Mongolian hip-hop with traditional instruments, from the children of Ulaanbaatar’s streets to the country’s aggressive economic future.

With our first TEDxUlaanbaatar event, we hope to debut Mongolia to the TED community through a new lens, focusing on Mongolia’s rich past and promising future. In a blend of both Mongolians and expatriates, our team of organizers, contributors, and speakers are all working towards Mongolia’s LEGACY: Honoring Tradition, Designing the Future.

Blackbox Theatre, Khoroo 15
Ulaanbaatar, 1, 976
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Ganhuyag Chuluun

Ganhuyag started his career at the Mongolian Stock Exchange as a floor supervisor in 1991 and moved on to get engaged in the family trading business a year later. He joined the Central Bank’s Supervision Division after graduating from the Budapest University of Economic Sciences in 1997. He was hired by UNDP’s MicroStart Pilot Project in 1998, initially as a Finance Manager and then Operations Manager before becoming the Executive Director of Mongolia’s first non-bank financial company X.A.C. (Golden Fund for Development) in 1999. X.A.C. subsequently merged with USAID funded Goviin Ekhlel (GobiStart) LLC to form XacBank. He held the position of the CEO of XacBank since the founding to 2009. In June 2007, he was elected to the Board of the Microfinance Center for Central Asia and Eastern Europe and the New Independent States (MFC) and has been serving as the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Hungary in Mongolia since 2006 and as the President of the Mongolian Students’ Union since January 2010. World Economic Forum named him a Young Global Leader in 2009. Before being appointed as the Vice Minister of Finance of Mongolia in December 2010, he worked as the CEO of TenGer Financial Group and the economic policy advisor to the Prime Minister of Mongolia.

Sanchir Tserendorj

Artist and expert in Mongolian art and cultural studiesDirector of 'Organization for the Study of Diaspora Mongols' 2004 Initiated the making of the documentary episodes aboutDiaspora Mongols, worked on research, photography, film script 2004 Directed 30 research and documentary video expeditions toIslamic countries, closed countries in the Middle East and otherethnically Mongolian groups. 2009-2010 Leader of TASAM-12 documentary series, research andvideo expedition team. 2010 MONGOLS WITH A ROYAL HISTORY Project Leader Presentation at Tedxulaanbaatar (accompanied with video) MONGOLS WITH A ROYAL HISTORYBrief content:- Diaspora Mongols who had been posted to secure theconquered land and their distinct ethnic uniqueness, traditions,and clothing which they have preserved Inventions and reforms that the Mongol Empire contributed toworld history and scienceTangible cultural heritage Mongols built during the 100 years oftheir reign in Middle Eastern countries.

Didi Kalika

In 1993 Didi Kalika, an Australian yoga teacher living in UB was moved by the plight of the children living on the streets and founded the Lotus Children's Centre. She started simply by giving food and basic medical care, and soon realized that serious change was necessary to make real impact. With the help of friends, Didi arranged a yard in the ger district of Yarmag 15 km out of UB. The move to Yarmag was necessary to give children space away from their lives on the streets of UB. In 1995 Lotus Children's Centre was registered as an official Mongolian charity. Towards the end of the 90's, the children Lotus served moved from mainly street kids to abandoned babies. Due to harsh economic conditions, some Mongolian families found it hard to keep their newborn babies. Mongolian authorities would ask Lotus to care for babies that were found under stairwells or in rubbish bins, often in the depth of winter. Lotus started a Kindergarten at the Yarmag property in 1997. It was around this time that our summer camp started, sending kids to the National Park in Terelj for their summer holidays to play and swim. Didi was awarded Mongolian mother of the year award in 2001. She was also made a Paul Harris fellow by the Rotary Club of Canberra Sunshine. Due to the lack of necessary paperwork for Lotus children to start at government schools, in 2004 Lotus converted an old general goods store in Yarmag into a primary school. The kindergarten was moved into the same building. This was necessary to guarantee that all Lotus children would have teaching up to the 5th grade. Around this time the situation of children in Mongolia gradually improves, with less babies coming to Lotus.Lotus Centre is now home to up to 150 children at any one time. It carries out many children and family support activities aimed at helping family units endure, and to alleviate the poverty cycle to ultimately provide basic rights to children.

Neil Dsouza

Mr Neil Dsouza is an engineer and education reformer. As the co-founder of "Teach A Class" project , he initiated several projects working with orphanages around Asia and now is focused on Mongolia. In the last several months after leaving his life in San Francisco, he has followed his dream of helping orphanages with education. Neil does not believe that you always need money and infrastructure to solve education problems, you need to innovate with what is at hand and you can find some great cost effective solutions. Based on this approach Neil has started creating education hotspots around orphanages in Indonesia and now in Mongolia. You can find out more about the project at www.teachaclass.org

Naranbaatar Dashdorj

Dr. Naranbaatar Dashdorj hails from very humble beginnings. He was born and raised at the southwestern outskirt of Mongolia known as Gobi-Altai province, where the Altai Mountains border with the bare rock covered desert basins of the Gobi. Currently, Dr. Naranbaatar is a physicist and beamline scientist at the Advanced Photon Source of the Argonne National Laboratory, one of the U.S. Department of Energyʼs largest and oldest national laboratories for science and engineering research. Dr. Naranbaatar's research interests cover wide range of topics from energy conversion to protein structural dynamics. He published more than a dozen of original manuscripts in prominent, peer-reviewed scientific journals, such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of Synchrotron Radiation, Biochemistry, and Biophysical Journal. These articles are widely referred in scientific literature. In addition, Dr. Dashdorj extensively presented his research findings at international conferences and at major research institutions, resulting over 40 research abstracts. In parallel with his scientific research, Dr. Naranbaatar ventured into entrepreneurship, experimenting a model of subsidizing philanthropic actions by a certain percentage of equity and profits of a for-profit company. The goal of these initiatives is to contribute to the sustainable development of Mongolia, our beloved motherland. He received a Ph.D. degree in physics from Purdue University in 2006 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health. He and his wife, Enkhjargal Tsogtoo, are proud parents of daughter, Esugen, 4, and son, Arghun,

Jack Weatherford

In the 14th century, the North African scholar Ibn Khaldun wrote the first historical work to focus on tribalism as the key to understanding human civilization. In his analysis, civilization faces an eternal dilemma and needs tribal values to survive. In his scholarship, Professor Weatherford tries to follow the tradition of Ibn Khaldun by studying the relationship of tribal people to the larger societies around them and to world history. Professor Weatherford is a cultural anthropologist who has been teaching Anthropology at Macalester since 1983. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1967, with a B.A in Political Science followed by a M.A. in Sociology in 1972. He also received a M.A in Anthropology in 1973 and a Ph.D in Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego. He went on to post-doctoral work in the Institute of Policy Sciences at Duke University. Dr. Weatherford has worked with contemporary groups in places such as Bolivia and the Amazon with emphasis on the role of tribal people in world history. The April 2000 issue from the Chronicle of Higher Education gives an overview of some of that work. In recent years, he has concentrated on the Mongols. His book Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World was an international best seller published in more than twenty languages. In 2007 President Enkhbayar of Mongolia awarded him the Order of the Polar Star, Mongolia’s highest national award, in recognition of his contribution to Mongolian culture. His most recent work, The Secret History of the Mongol Queens, is the first book written on the daughters of Genghis Khan.

Undraa Agvaanluvsan

Undraa Agvaanluvsan is an Ambassador-at-large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Mongolia. She was born in 1973. She graduated with bachelors and masters degrees in theoretical physics from the National University of Mongolia in 1995, following which she completed a diploma course in High Energy Physics at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy. She obtained a PhD in nuclear physics from North Carolina State University, USA in 2002. Dr. Undraa worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, USA for several years and has published extensively in nuclear science journals. Dr. Undraa was a visiting professor at Stanford University, where she did research in nuclear fuel cycle. Also she taught for two years on contemporary issues in nuclear energy policy at Stanford’s International policy studies program. She has previously worked twice as an Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, in 2008 and in 2010. Prior to her recent appointment, she worked as a Deputy Director at the Institute of Strategic Studies at the National Security Council of Mongolia. One of the highest ranking diplomats in the Mongolian Foreign Service, she is the first woman to be appointed as an Ambassador-at-large and the first Ambassador devoted to nuclear energy issues.

Jantsannorov Natsag

Dr. Jantsannorov Natsag has been a key part of Mongolian music and culture for more than 40 years. He is well known as one of Mongolia’s finest composers and has composed nearly 300 works that including two ballets, two symphonies, six concertos, oratorios, cantatas, chamber music, and about 300 songs. He has also composed soundtracks and music for over 30 films including The Queen Mandukhai, The Wise, and Under the Power of Eternal Heaven (about Chinggis Khaan). His works and compositions are included in the repertoires and performed in many countries of Asia, America and Europe, such as the USA, Russia, Japan, China, Canada, Holland, Germany, and others. He has received numerous awards including: People’s Artist of Mongolia, ‘Golden Star’ award for Meritorious Person for Peace, and State Honored Laureate of Mongolia for the Compositions for Morin Khuur.

Jo De Baerdemaeker

Dr. Jo De Baerdemaeker is a Belgian typeface designer, typographer and researcher. He holds a PhD in Typography & Graphic Communication from the University of Reading and an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading. His interests are designing, researching and writing about world script typefaces and multilingual typography. Lungta, his Latin-Tibetan OpenType font is in use by the University of Chicago Press and by the Oxford University Press, and he also designed the typefaces for Wiels (Centre of Contemporary Art in Brussels), Nottingham Contemporary (UK) and Visual Editions. He is the country delegate for Belgium and elected board member of the Association Typographic Internationale (ATypI). In 2010, he was awarded with an Early Career Fellowship from The Leverhulme Trust, which enabled him to start his postdoctoral research project on 'Mongolian script: from metal type to digital font' at the Department of Typography and Graphic Communication at the University of Reading. Ms Unurmaa Janchiv is main coordinator on the Mongolian side. The research aims to provide a comprehensive historical account of the evolution of the printed Mongolian character, and to offer practice-oriented guidance in designing and developing new digital fonts for the traditional Mongolian script. It adopts the methodology developed and tested in De Baerdemaeker's work on Tibetan typeforms, which uses an exhaustive historical survey to support critical contemporary analysis. The prime objectives are to develop a framework for describing the visual and technical quality of Mongolian typefaces; to determine the extent of printing houses using Mongolian typefaces and the connection with the individual punchcutters/type designers or typefoundries & companies of printing material and typesetting equipment creating and/or supplying these founts; to explore how Mongolian typefaces were developed and typeset; and to set up practical guidelines for creating contemporary digital fonts for the traditional Mongolian script. The project website (www.mongoliantype.com) will present findings and practical guidance supported by theoretical analysis, in conjunction with the database of Mongolian typefaces, publicly available to scholars of Mongolian language and culture, to historians of print, to professional (typeface) designers, software developers, librarians, linguists, academics, and to all those who have an interest in non-Latin typography and typeface design.

Zoljargal Gombo

Zoljargal Gombo is a journalist and editor at the Mongolian National Broadcasting television. In 1983 he graduated from the Journalism Faculty of the National University in Irkutsk, Russia, with a degree in journalism. Zoljargal translated more than 30 movies from Russian and German into Mongolian and created over 20 episodes of “Movie Screen and Round Tour” program while working as a translator and editor at the Mongolian National Broadcasting television. Additionally, Zoljargal prepared over 120 interviews and reports while serving as Head of Program Planning Department (1987), and Head of Sport and Health Department (1989) for MNB television. In 1990 he worked as a reporter at “Gal” broadcasting group and presented more than 40 interviews and articles for which he was awarded the “Best Work” prize from the Mongolian Reporters Association. Zoljargal was also awarded the 1990 “Top Reporter” of the year for his interview report series in Japan and Germany. In 1992 Zoljargal founded “Udshiin Khemnel” studio. He worked for the studio until 2000, during which time he presented over 650 programs for youths, including the series “Youths in the Countryside”, “Talk Time” talk show and “I Can Do It” entertainment program. Zoljargal was awarded the Top Prize at the “Goo Maral” festival for his series of interview for youths in 1996. He prepared dozens of reports from over 20 countries, including the USA, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Germany, Australia, Thailand, Republic of China and the Netherlands. Zoljargal began creating documentary movies in 2002 and has produced 36 documentary movies to date. Several of his works won awards from international festivals in the USA and Kirgizstan. Zoljargal was awarded title of State Honored Meritorious Person for Culture in 2007. Over the span of his career he has produced around 2050 programs and over 50 documentary movies and is showing no signs of slowing down.

Naranjargal Khashkhuu

Naranjargal has produced more than 300 television programs and has translated more than 30 television movies and documentaries into Mongolian from Russian and English. She has written four television dramas and two plays, for one of which she was awarded the Leon Prize for Best Play in 2002. She is the author of a series of reports and presentations, including "The Media Situation in Central Asian Countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan" (1996), "On the Road to Freedom" about the media situation in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan (1998), and the "Public Broadcasting Handbook". She has worked on more than 30 development projects, including the TACIS-IFJ projects "Media for Democracy" and "Covering Elections". Naranjargal graduated from the Ural Technical University in 1979 and the Evening Journalism Faculty of the Institute of Social Studies in Ekaterenburg (formerly Sverdlovsk) in 1979. From 1991-1992, she studied at the Bell Language Institute in London and was part of a BBC internship program. She worked as a reporter, editor, editor-in-chief, deputy executive director and program director for Mongolian TV from 1979-1995. From 1995-1999, she was involved in the establishment of the DANIDA "Free and Independent Press" project, working as managing director and board chairperson of the independent Newspaper Printing House. She has also worked as a lecturer and teacher of television journalism theory and has conducted workshops at the Mongolian National University, the Institute of Foreign Languages and the Press Institute of Mongolia. She has been an advisor to the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Journalists since 1998 and was listed in the "The 100 Best Mongolian Women" and "Who’s Who?" in Encyclopedia Mongolia.

Jhado Rinpoche

Although he is traveling in Europe the week of TEDxUlaanbaatar, His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote a letter especially for the attendants at TEDxUlaanbaatar and our friends around the world. This letter will be read at our event by “Jhado Rinpoche” After reading the letter “Jhado Rinpoche” will also speak on the past, present and future of spirituality in Mongolia. The Dalai Lama holds a special place in the hearts of millions of people in Mongolia and we feel very honored to have his words as part of TEDxUlaanbaatar. His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is a world-renowned spiritual leader who has been working for world peace for decades. He is seen by many as the spiritual leader of Tibet and the Tibetan Government-in-Exile. He has been given hundreds of awards including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and the United State’s Congressional Gold Medal in 2007. To learn more about His Holiness, please visit DalaiLama.com.

Chris Cartwright

Chris started his career in Outdoor Education in the English Lake District back in 1983. His career quickly progressed as he gained experience and a vast array of high qualifications in the field of Outdoor Education. Initially tutoring on youth development programmes he gained a valuable insight into the fundamental and profound learning that could be gained from well structured, planned and professionally facilitated events. Later, in 1988 he turned his sights to leading international expeditions, around the world, a month at a time, again focussing on youth development. From 1990 Chris concentrated on Canoe sport and Mountaineering as activities and on Development Training as his chosen vehicle for education. It was on one of these expeditions in 2003 that he first came to visit Mongolia. Since 1988, Chris has lead over 230 expeditions visiting well over 50 countries worldwide. During his first visit to Mongolia Chris was really taken by the fantastic nature, history and traditions of the country. However, in recent times the greater urbanisation has become a burden upon the nomadic population and communities adaptability. Therefore, in 2010 Chris established the Mongolia Institute of Outdoor Learning, as a way of getting young Mongolians back into the countryside on professional Outdoor Learning events, facilitated to international standards. http://www.miol.org/

Oyundary Tsagaan

As a Managing Director of Mongolian National Public Television, Oyundary Tsagaan is a well-regarded broadcast journalist in Mongolia. She received a BA Degree in Political Economy in 1993 from the Academy of State and Social Studies. After graduation, she worked at the National Television as a field reporter and a political commentator. Later she worked with National Television’s management team as a Program Director for a year starting from 1997, then with Eagle Television, a Mongolian-American Joint venture, for two years as an Assistant general manager and chief operations officer, and also was the press assistant to a Mongolian Prime Minister in 1998. She spent 6 years in the U.S.A. between 2002 and 2008, first learning English, and then working at several companies in America including CBS’s Local News Station in San Francisco, to grasp American work standards and then incorporate them into work projects; later in 2006, she went to the University of California, Berkeley, and in 2008, earned a masters degree in journalism. She received an Order of Honor for “Best Achievement in Radio and Television” in 2009, an Order of Honor for “Press Freedom” in 2000 from the Union of Mongolian Professional Journalists, and also won the Journalist of the Year Award in 1997 from the Union of Mongolian Professional Journalists. While she was at the Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley, she won the Emmy Scholarship from the National Television Academy, and also Summer Fellowship from the Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley, in 2007.

Benj Binks

Benj Binks is a documentary filmmaker, photographer and blogger who grew up on a farm in Violet Town, Australia. From volunteering in the Amazon to cycling in Cambodia, Benj’s travels have spurred a lust for discovering cultures, places, people and stories. Over the years he has relayed these adventures through writing, photography and film. Whilst working on the Trans-Siberian in 2004, he stumbled into a Mongolian nightclub bouncing to hip-hop and since 2007 has been working on Mongolian Bling—a documentary about Mongolia’s youth and modern culture. Benj was fascinated to see the country’s beautiful ancient traditions juxtaposed against the youth’s love of Western culture. Mongolian Bling explores the relationship Mongolia’s youth has with their country’s traditions, many of which the older genereations fear are dying. Four years of working on the project has given Benj a unique insight into modern Mongolia and Ulaanbaatar’s hip-hop scene. Mongolian Bling is due out in 2012. www.mongolianbling.com www.benjbinks.com

Oyungerel Tsedevdamba

Born and raised in Huvsgul Aimag, Mrs. Oyungerel is widely known in Mongolia as a public speaker, author, and passionate advocate for democracy. Mrs. Oyungerel has earned degrees in economic planning, international business, and is also a graduate of Stanford University majoring in international policy studies. Having initiated, established, and lead a number of civil society and human rights organizations, Mrs. Oyungerel is an eminent public leader and a compassionate social advocate. She is the President of Local Solutions Foundation, an Ulaanbaatar based NGO. She was the first Executive Director of Liberty Center, a human rights watchdog. From 2004 to 2007, Mrs. Oyungerel made strenuous efforts to help the civil society and its individual members to raise funds to run public activities. Mrs. Oyungerel has authored and published multiple books, including the historical novel, Green-Eyed Lama, which she co-authored with Jeffrey Falt. The book received a keen response from readership and was awarded the Best Book of 2008 Prize by Internom. She was awarded the 2003 Fulbright Fellowship, and she is a 2006 Yale World Fellow. For her efforts to consolidate Mongolian democracy, secure human rights and liberties, and establish rule of law, Oyungerel was awarded the Order of Liberty by the Mongolian Democratic Union in 2003.

Oyun Sanjaasuren

Beginning as a geologist, Mrs. Oyun Sanjaasuren received her BA and M.Sc from Czechoslovakia and her Ph.D from Cambridge in England. She has worked on projects involving both Rio Tinto and the UNDP. Mrs. Oyun has been a Member of Parliament of Mongolia continuously from 1998 until the present. She was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2007 to 2008 and has been a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum since 2003. She is the only female party leader in Mongolia and ranks among the top ten most popular politicians in the country. She entered politics in 1998 to carry on the plans of her brother, Zorig, for political and economic reform after his assassination. Mrs. Oyun currently serves as the Head of the Zorig Foundation. Founded in 1998 by Mrs. Oyun and other close friends of Zorig, the Zorig Foundation is a major Mongolian NGO dedicated to the advancement of democracy and good governance in Mongolia. Outside of politics, Mrs. Oyun is also the Head of the Down Syndrome Association of Mongolia. She is married with three children. She is fluent in English, Russian and Czech and has a black belt in Karate.

Tumen-Ulzii Zandraa

Mongolian State Honored Meritorious Person for Culture and great inventor, Mr. Tumen-Ulzii Zandraa is the founder of “International Intelligence Museum”, and currently he works as a president of “MoTuOv” LLC. The museum has participated in over 80 exhibitions in 52 countries and awarded Grand Prix and golden medal from international exhibition.Mr. Tumen-Ulzii Zandraa has been traveling over 20 countries around the world since 1994 promoting Mongolian intelligence games and collecting special games from other cultures. Now International Intelligence Museum has rich exhibitions covering intelligence games from more than 100 countries. Mr. Tumen-Ulzii Zandraa has begun creating spring games since 1995 when he was a little boy.He loves to change wastes into curious creatures. At his 20s, Tumen-Ulzii Zandraa invented a stove based on his idea of usingwhittlingwastefromwood processing factory at which he used to work as a Head of Financial Department. Moreover, Mr. Tumen-Ulzii Zandraa once created beautiful flowers by coloring bird feathers.He sees spring as one of the great prides of Mongolia and invented over 3000 registered spring games. His hobby is collecting chess and he created more than 150 fastidious chesses because Mr. Tumen-Ulzii Zandraa wants to prove that chess is originated from Mongolia. Besides talented inventor, Mr. Tumen-Ulzii Zandraais a gifted painter. He painted over 500 portraits, and wrote several comic stories and four books. Mr. Tumen-Ulzii Zandraa graduated from three universities as an economist. He worked as a fiscal and a Party Leader after his graduation from university in 1965. Starting from 1988, Mr. Tumen-Ulzii Zandraa carried out the museum following his interest and hobby. Mr. Tumen-Ulzii Zandraa has devoted 56 years of his life to spring games as he believes that games are whole science, art creature, educational tool and cultural history of a certain nation.

Burnee Bataa

Burnee Bataa was born in Delgerkhaan soum, Tov Aimag province. He became a disciple at “Gungaa choilin” religious school of Buddhist philosophy, Mongolian Buddhist Center “Gandan Tegchelin” monastery in 1993. Burnee Bataa studied at Ondor Gegeen Zanabazar Buddhist University in 1996-2000. He has been working as a secretary of the Head of the Mongolian Buddhists Centre, Abbot of Gandan Tegchenling Monastery, Khamba Lama.

Oyuna Tserendorj

Oyuna Tserendorj is the founder and creative director of OYUNA, a leading brand of luxury designed cashmere based in London. Renown among the world’s top retailers and high-end interior designers, the brand offers innovative, luxury home and fashion collections of high-quality cashmere and other natural fibre products designed by Oyuna and made in Mongolia. Having chosen the route of “non-mainstream” fashion that is free from visual excess and unnecessary bling, OYUNA has a diverse range of loyal customers including Queen Rania of Jordan, designer Calvin Klein, Yoko Ono, respected Shinto Buddhists in Japan, designer Philippe Starck and Japanese actress Koyuki. Having trained in Budapest and traveled extensively around the world, Oyuna has built an international team of English, Italian, Latvian and Japanese staff, reflecting the brand’s true global outlook, while her heart is always in Mongolia.

Boldsaikhan Badamjav

Mr.Boldsaikhan Badamjav graduated from the Medical Institute of New Dehli in 1975 and the Hindi Language Institute of New Delhi in 1990. He was awarded the title “Best Worker in Science” in 1998, “Best Worker in the Medical Field” in 2002 and became a Professor at the Mongolian University of Science and Technology in 2003. Boldsaikhan Badamjav has worked in the scientific research sector for33 years, including time spent as a research scientist at the Ethno Science Institution of The Science Academy from 1980-1985, research scientist at the Eastern Science Institute of Science Academy from 1985-1990, and as the senior scientist, department director and project manager at the Ethno Science Institution and Science, Technology and Manufacturing Corporation from 1990-2000. He has been working as the Head of Traditional Medicine Department of the State Central Clinical Hospital and director of the System Studies Center at Mongolian University of Science and Technology since 2000. His book “Mongolian Traditional Medicine” was awarded “The Best Work of 1985-1990” from The Science Academy, and was honored with “The Best Work of Mongolians” award for his body of work. Additionaly, his work “Great Secret Invocation Ritual” received an award from the Tibetan Fund in London in 2002, and his book, “Buddhism and Science”, won first place award from the scientific work conference at the Mongolian University of Science and Technology in 2003. He was included in the golden book “Top People of 21st Century”, which is an international biography study book, as recognition for his extraordinary works. Boldsaikhan Badamjav participated in the “Asian Health and Environment” joint project of Eastern Asian countries to collect research work materials, and released a series of educational CD-ROMs entitled “Natural Resources of Asia”. Also he contributed to a series of books “Mongolian plant reference book with picture” in conjunction with JICA Japan. Boldsaikhan Badamjav led the “Otoch” software projectat the Ministry of Science and Education with academics from the Mongolian University of Science and Technology in 1990. The project examined the blending of traditional medicine with modern medicinal practices and techniques. Currently, Boldsaikhan Badamjav is working as the project manager of a Mongolian team developing information technology systems in coordination with Siberian scientists on a project for the Russian Science Fund with the goal of “Making dynamic diagnosis utilizing Mongolian-Tibetan traditional medicine”. In recent years, research for the combination of traditional medicine methods and modern techniques are becoming more commonplace. This trend is building on the increase of biotechnology information available about natural and traditional medical treatment benefits. Boldsaikhan Badamjavis is at the forefront of this movement and is conductingresearch on traditional knowledge which could prove to be a gateway for Mongoliantraditions to be recognized on the global stage. Boldsaikhan Badamjav has been selected to a number of international and social positions, including as a Bio Ethical Analyst at UNESCO, Chairman of the Bio Ethical Association, Honorary Academic at the Education and Science Academy, and elected to the Advisory Board of the Mongolian branch of the Nippon Foundation.

Organizing team


Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia


Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • Narantuguldur Saijrakh
    Operation lead
  • Travis Hellstrom
    Co-Chair & Online press lead
  • Chris Thompson
    Content lead
  • Chris Thompson
    Content lead
  • Tuguldur Turbat
    Sponsorship lead
  • Uyanga Vladimir
    Speakers lead
  • Neal Detert
    Logistic lead
  • Batzorig Regzen
    Design lead
  • Joe Flasher
    Mobile application lead