Mr Damdin Tsogtbaatar has been the Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of Mongolia since 2002. Prior to this appointment, Mr Tsogtbaatar served as a deputy director of the Department of Multilateral Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia. He also served as a WTO desk-officer for the Department of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, desk-officer in charge of Australia, New Zealand and some ASEAN countries in the Asia and Africa Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a part-time lecturer in International and Trade Law at the School of Foreign Service, National University of Mongolia.

In his present capacity, Mr Tsogtbaatar is one of the key players in the formulation of the foreign policy of Mongolia. Within six years of service, as the Foreign Policy Advisor to the President, he has played an instrumental role in the arrangement, preparation and coordination of more than 75 foreign visits and summit level meetings by the President of Mongolia. During this period, he also coordinated the organisation of the top level dignitaries’ visits to Mongolia including such leaders as the US President George W. Bush, Chinese President Hu Jing-tao, North Korean Speaker/Head of the State Kim Yong-nam, Ukranian President L. Kuchma, South Korean Presidents Roh Moo-hyun, Amir of the State of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Indonesian President Sukarnoputri, Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito and Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander.

Mr Tsogtbaatar received his Master’s Degree in Legal Studies (International Law) from the Australian National University School of Law (with Distinction) and Master’s Degree in Political Science (with Honors) from the Moscow Institute of International Relations, Russia.

He is also an internationally published scholar. His publication includes WTO, published in London, Boston and Cambridge.

Mr Tsogtbaatar speaks the following foreign languages: Russian, English, Khmer and Thai.