The U.S. Embassy’s Distinguished Speaker Series ended on a high note last week when renowned writer, blogger and talk show host, Mr. Jargalsaikhan Dambadarjaa, spoke to a packed audience of Mongolian young people about the importance of economic and political freedom. In his remarks, Jargal DeFacto, as he is better-known, challenged these future leaders to think in new ways about the economic, political and social issues currently facing Mongolia.
The U.S. Embassy’s Distinguished Speaker Series began in October 2014 and featured nine of Mongolia’s most notable leaders in a variety of fields. In addition to Mr. Jargalsaikhan, the speakers were the first President of Mongolia Mr. Ochirbat Punsalmaa, mining expert Mr. George Lkhagvadorj, columnist and political analyst Mr. Batbayar (Baabar), U.S. Ambassador Piper Campbell, the managing partner of Deloitte-Onch LLC Ms. Onchinsuren Dendevsambuu, Member of Parliament and President of United Nations Environmental Assembly Dr. Oyun Sanjaasuren, theoretical physicist Dr. Namsrai Khavtgai, and President of the MCS Group Mr. Od.
Support for the Distinguished Speaker Series was provided by the U.S. Embassy. Focused on the themes of democracy and human rights, business and corporate social responsibility, and health and environment, the series was implemented through the cooperation of the Mongolian U.S. Alumni Network, the Mongolian Young Leaders Program Alumni Network, the Zorig Foundation’s Young Leaders Program Alumni Network, the Arts Council of Mongolia’s Young Leaders Program Alumni Network, and the American Chamber of Commerce in Mongolia’s Young Professionals’ Club.