Board of Directors

Batmunkh Batkhuu — is co-founder and manages B&G Group of Mongolia and its subsidiary companies. Batmunkh holds a B.A in Financial Management from the School of Economic Sciences, National University of Mongolia and studied in the MBA program at University of California, Berkeley Walter Haas School of Business. He started his career in 1996 at Bank of Mongolia and has worked as CEO for several Mongolian companies, including Bodi Leasing financing Ltd, Orix Consulting Ltd and B&G Equipment Ltd. He joined Sharyn Gol JSC in 2003 serving as a Board member and Chairman of the Board. Batmunkh speaks English and Russian.

Bailikhuu Dambachultem — has been a member of the Board since 1996. He graduated from the School of Economics Sciences, National University of Mongolia where he majored in economics and received his MBA degree. He worked in the Ministry of Food & Light Industry from 1982, as Deputy Director, as well as Adviser to the State Property Privatization Commission and Secretary at State Property Privatization Commission. Bailikhuu holds a title of state honored economist and speaks Russian. His current position is Adviser to the State Property Committee.

James Passin — co-founded and manages Firebird Global Fund, Firebird Global Fund II, and Firebird Mongolia Fund. He is a former editor at investment newsletter Taipan. James is a graduate of St. John’s College, where he majored in philosophy and classical literature. James serves on the board of directors of several Mongolian and Canadian public and private companies, including Shariin Gol JSC, BDSec JSC, Bagannur JSC, Vanoil Energy Ltd., Vangold Resources Ltd., as well as Maghreb Minerals PLC, a mineral exploration company listed on AIM. Firebird has been an institutional investor in Mongolia since 2005 and was recently awarded “Best Investor in Mongolia’s Capital Markets” by the joint committee of the Mongolian Stock Exchange and Financial Regulatory Commission.  James is a frequent speaker at financial conferences.

Dayanbilguun Danzan — has been a member of the Board since 2008. He is graduated from the University of European Linguistics and holds an MBA from the Institute of Finance and Economics. Dayanbilguun is an Executive Director of BDSec brokerage and dealing company.

Batbold Jigjidsuren — joined Sharyn Gol JSC in 1996 as Executive Director and Chairman of the Board. He graduated from Federal State Polytechnic Institution in Sverdlovsk of Russia as Mining Electro Mechanical Engineer. Batbold is an administration methodologist and master of business administration. He has working experience of private and public entities including technical college of Darkhan province of Mongolia, Darkhan Eleksim LLC and Sharyn Gol Energo Ltd. Batbold speaks Russian.

Joseph Naemi —  is an Australian Entrepreneur who has been a founder or co-founder of numerous entities that were or are active within the energy sector internationally. Joseph is 48 years of age, and during the past twenty years has had significant exposure across the energy sector value chain throughout Central Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Joseph has previously served on the boards of Australian and Canadian publicly listed entities, and is a member of: The Energy Institute in London, UK; International Association for Energy Economics in Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Australian Institute of Management (NSW & ACT Branch) in Sydney, Australia; and The Australian Institute of International Affairs.

Nick Cousyn —  is an Capital Markets Professional. He was Nasdaq Trading & sales in Deutsche Bank from 1999 to 2002, Insttitutional Sales at Wells Fargo Bank from 2002 to 2004, Vice President at Group Bank Populaire from 2004 to 2006, Senior Vice President at First Horizon Bank from 2006 to 2009, Managing director at CRT Capital from 2009 to 2012, and currently he is Chief Operating officer at BDSec JSC.

Kenneth Patrick Farrel —is presently the CEO of Bumi Resources Minerals the largest Indonesia listed Minerals Company. He is an Executive Director of Bumi Resources Indonesia’s largest listed Coal Mining Company and an Independent Director of KPC the world’s largest export Coal Company. He is also a director and/or Chairman of approximately 8 other non-listed Mining Companies in various countries. Previously he was a Director and/ or Chairman of ASX listed Mining Companies. Prior to joining Bumi Resources in January 2002 Ken worked for BHP Billiton Limited for 21 years in various executive and managerial capacities in the Iron Ore, Transport, Manganese and Coal businesses.   Ken holds undergraduate degrees in both Engineering and Commerce from the University of Queensland and has a postgraduate diploma in Company Directorship from the University of New England. He is a Member of the Institution of Engineers, Australia; a Member of The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He was born in Toowoomba, Australia on 22 July 1955 and is an Australian citizen.

Batbaatar Badan — joined Firebird Mongolia Fund as a consultant in 2010. Batbaatar has worked with a variety of private and public Mongolian companies on numerous operational issues, and his professional experience includes both finance and management functions. His career in Mongolia began as a Vice President at Mongolia International Capital Corporation, followed by the position of Economist at Millennium Challenge, and then as Chief Financial Officer at City Capital Partners. Batbaatar holds an MBA from George Washington University (Washington DC, USA) and a BSc. from James Madison University (Virginia, USA).