Bill Bikales (@BBikales) is an economist whose work focuses on economic and social development in China and Mongolia, in each of which he has served in senior advisory positions, including six years as economic advisor to the Mongolian Prime Minister’s Office and a recent stint as the Lead Economist in the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in China, in addition to earlier senior posts in China for UNICEF and UNDP. He has also held long-term positions in Ukraine and the Philippines, were he served for three years as Southeast Asia Principal Economist at the Asian Development Bank. He is currently working on a multisectoral assessment of Post-Communist Mongolia’s transition to a market economy and continuing his research into fresh perspectives on China’s poverty alleviation achievements and challenges.
Namjildorj Enkhbayar has a Master’s degree in business administration. His work experience includes working as Director of the Fiscal Policy Department and Macroeconomic Policy Department, Ministry of Finance of Mongolia, Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of Mongolia, and advisor to the Executive Director for Mongolia at the World Bank in Washington D.C. Mr. Enkhbayar also worked as an associate professor of the Department of Policy and Politics Studies, National Academy of Governance, Mongolia.
Sukhbaatar Chandmani has a B.A. in International Business and Management from Ming Chuan University in Taiwan and received his MA degree in International Politics from Peking University, China. He previously worked in the Mongolian National Security Council’s executive office as an analyst and foreign relations officer. Currently, he is working at the International Security Studies Centre of the Institute for Strategic Studies. He recently co-authored an article in the Mongolian Geopolitics journal, titled “Sino – Mongolian economic interconnectivity: Big talks, little progress”. His research interests focus on Mongolia-China relations
Chris Alden is Director of LSE IDEAS and Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science.