Senior Coordinator, Green Development Programs, Mongolia

Ariunaa Norovsambuu joined the Foundation in 2012 as a Program Coordinator for the Urban Services Project to lead a new initiative focused on promoting better public service provision to the ger district areas of Ulaanbaatar. Since then she has been actively engaged in the Foundation’s urban service delivery, urban governance projects designed to improve the livelihood of ger district residents.

She has conducted community-mapping pilots in the ger districts to gather demography, service and local development fund-related information to enable more constructive dialogue between the government and local communities, and has been working with the City Municipality to promote better use and analysis of the community-mapping data for evidence-based decision making. She has also assisted with the development and implementation of a local level solid waste management model/plan in pilot communities and has successfully co-developed amendments to the citywide regulation on solid waste collection. She is also actively engaged in urban green growth efforts and worked with the government and environmental experts to develop the Ulaanbaatar Green Development Strategic Action Plan successfully approved by the City Parliament. She is currently working to address the environmental challenges through green development projects in close collaboration with the city, civil society, businesses and the local community.

Prior to joining The Asia Foundation, she interned at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, and worked with Red Cross Mongolia and The Zorig Foundation’s Environmental Fellowship Program. She also worked at the UN Development Programme (UNDP) project with focus on building energy efficiency in the ger districts of Ulaanbaatar.

Education: Ariunaa Norovsambuu received a bachelor’s degree in International Relations in Moscow and a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from the Central European University in Budapest.