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Christian Walzer, Dr. med.vet., Dipl. ECZM (wph)
Executive Director, Global Health Program
Dr. Chris Walzer is the Exec. Director of Health at the Wildlife Conservation Society. He is a board-certified wildlife veterinarian, professor of Conservation Medicine at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria. Author of more than 120 peer-reviewed research publications, numerous book chapters, lecturing widely on health and conservation. During the past two decades he has worked in the Gobi region of Mongolia linking wildlife health with the conservation of the Przewalski’s horse and the Asiatic wild ass. Beyond central Asia and equids, Chris has an internationally recognized diverse expertise in working with wildlife, especially on the human-livestock-wildlife interfaces, gained from combined years of leadership and research in Europe, Asia and Africa. His work has recently focused on the nexus of emerging zoonotic-origin pathogens environmental encroachment and the commercial wildlife trade. He acts as a consultant in wildlife matters for various organizations such as UNDP, World Bank, FAO and WWF. Over the past decade he has additionally led several successful large-scale EU-funded ecological connectivity and biodiversity conservation projects in the Alps. Chris is the recipient of several research and service awards most notably the Distinguished Environmentalist Award from the Mongolian Ministry of Nature and Environment for contributions to the conservation of Mongolia's rare and endangered species.
Anudari Bayarkhangai
CPL Intern
Anudari is Conservation Leadership Programme's intern at WCS Mongolia. She had graduated with doable degrees from National University of Mongolia in 2021. Her degrees are in Ecology and Environmental Remote Sensing.
Ariunbaatar Barkhasbaatar
Wildlife Biologist
Ariunbaatar graduated as zoologist from School of Arts and Sciences, National University of Mongolia in 2015. He has been working at WCS Mongolia program since 2016. Between 2016 and 2019, he worked as an avian specialist on PREDICT2-Avian influenza surveillance project at WCS Mongolia program. Ariunbaatar completed his master’s degree in the Department of Biology, National University of Mongolia in 2019 with Raptor survey. He is currently working on wildlife field surveys at WCS Mongolia program.
Baigalmaa Nyamsambuu
Finance Manager
Baigalmaa Nyamsambuu serves as Finance Officer at WCS. She earned her Master’s Degree in Agribusiness at the University of Queensland and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the National University of Mongolia. Prior to joining WCS Mongolia, she worked on World Learning Mongolia's LEAD Program, Green Gold project of SDC and “Mongolia V.E.T Net” NGO as Finance Officer for over 10 years.
Bolortsetseg Sanjaa
Conservation Actions Program Manager
Bolortsetseg completed her first Masters Degree in Biology at the National University of Mongolia, and her second Master’s Degree in Art Communication and Conservation Leadership at the El Paso University of Texas. She spent four seasons working as a wildlife biologist on the Mongolian gazelle research project. Between 2009-2012, she worked as the conservation biologist for the Mongolia Program and managed a social marketing campaign in Eastern Mongolia. In recent years her work has focused on engaging herder communities to conserve wildlife in a grassland ecosystem. Her most recent campaign was focused on improving hunting permit compliance in Eastern Mongolia through public awareness, education and behavior change activities.
Buuveibaatar Bayarbaatar
Conservation Scientist
Buuveibaatar is a graduate of the National University of Mongolia where he majored in biology and completed a Masters course in Zoology within the Department of Zoology. Buuvei came to the Mongolia Program in 2011 after spending 5 years working as a researcher for the Institute of Biology, Mongolian Academy of Sciences where he studied large ungulates such as Mongolian gazelles and saiga antelope. Between 2009 and 2011, he completed his second master’s degree in the Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMASS). Currently, he is a PhD candidate at the same program in UMASS Amherst and his study (dissertation) focuses on the distribution and dynamics of saiga antelope in western Mongolia. Buuvei’s research interests include wildlife biology, spatial ecology, and conservation biology.
Enkhtuvshin "Enkee" Shiilegdamba
Country Program Director, Mongolia & Wildlife Epidemiologist
Enkhtuvshin (Enkee) is a Mongolian Veterinarian and graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biotechnology, Mongolian Agricultural University in 1999. She graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis (UCD) in 2006 with Master’s degree in Preventive Veterinary Medicine and Epidemiology (MPVM). For her graduate study at UCD, Enkee studied foot and mouth disease outbreaks and its epidemiology in Mongolia. After her graduation from the MPVM program, Enkee worked at the Western Institute for Food Safety and Security at the University of California in Davis as a post doctoral researcher on food-borne illnesses and outbreak investigations. She worked with WCS while studying at UCD by joining the WCS team in Mongolia to attend and organize workshops on wildlife health and interface diseases. She left California, U.S.A. in the fall of 2007 and joined the WCS Mongolia Country Program as a veterinarian and wildlife epidemiologist in December 2007 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. In 2015, Enkee became the Mongolia Country Program Director. Enkee's main interests and study areas are avian influenza in wild and migrating birds in Mongolia, foot and mouth disease in Mongolian gazelles and livestock, Peste des Petits Ruminants in wildlife and livestock, and the interaction of diseases between different species.
Khishigsuren Natsagdorj
Natural Resources Law Enforcement Project Manager
Khishigsuren earned my Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the National University of Mongolia, and my Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Miskolc in Hungary. She had two years of work experience in environmental impact assessment in a private company. From 2019-2021, she has worked as HSE & Training coordinator at the “Material Handling System” project at the Oyu-Tolgoi mine site. Khishigsuren serves as Natural Resources Law Enforcement Program Manager at WCS.
Khuslen Galsanpuntsag
Legal Training Assistant
Khuslen graduated from the School of International Relations and Public Administration, National University of Mongolia in 2021. She studied international organizations and law, focusing her research in decision making of international organizations and sustainable development. Khuslen has 4 years of experience as a consultant and brings experience from working in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She joined the WCS Mongolia program in May, 2021 as a Legal Training Assistant.
Kirk A.Olson
Conservation Director
Kirk Olson joined the WCS Mongolia program in October 2015. Kirk began his career working in the arid rangelands of Patagonia on a study of guanacos and mountain lion ecology. This work led him to the steppes of eastern Mongolia to develop a long-term research program of Mongolian gazelle and their grassland habitat with the support of WCS and earned his PhD in Wildlife Conservation (2008, UMass Amherst). Kirk brings experience working with NGO’s, development agencies, extractive industry, local people, and has experience working in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, and Mongolia. Kirk is a member of the IUCN Antelope Specialist Group, a Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) co-focal point for Mongolian gazelles, and is the project director for the IUCN Temperate Grasslands Conservation Initiative. Kirk has published over 30 peer review publications, consultancy reports, and book chapters. Kirk lives in Mongolia with his wife and daughter.

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