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Oyun Sanjaasuren

Advisory Committee, Future Earth; Chair, Health Knowledge-Action Network

Dr. Oyun Sanjaasuren is currently Director of Division of External Affairs at the Green Climate Fund. Previously, she was Chairperson of the Global Water Partnership, an intergovernmental organisation dedicated to a water-secure world. Oyun Sanjaasuren served as the first President of the United Nations Environment Assembly of UNEP and is currently on advisory boards of a number of international organisations dedicated to sustainable development. She was elected to five terms as Member of Parliament of Mongolia (1998-2016), and served as Vice-Speaker of the Parliament, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Environment and Green Development. While in Parliament, Oyun successfully championed a number of reforms, especially in good governance, green development and rights of children with disabilities. One of the leading women figures in Mongolia, she chairs a number of Mongolian NGOs, including the Zorig Foundation to advance democracy, Special Olympics and Women Corporate Directors. She is a founding member of Down Syndrome Association and Special Olympics Mongolia and has been actively contributing to the causes of children with disabilities. Before joining politics, Oyun worked as a geologist in Mongolia (Mongolian-Czech JV) and in the UK (Rio Tinto). She also worked for a UNDP project to establish a mineral processing centre in Ulaanbaatar. Dr. Oyun graduated from Karlova University in Prague and holds a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from Cambridge University, UK.