Ambassador Bulgaa Altangerel was appointed as ambassador of Mongolia to the United States in December 2012.
Born October 25, 1955, in Khovd Province, Mongolia, Altangerel earned a Master’s degree in International Law at the Moscow Institute of International Relations in 1979, a Master’s degree in Political Science at the Moscow Institute of Political Science in 1990, and a PhD in International Law at Ukraine’s Kiev National Taras Shevchenko University in 2003.
Upon joining the Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1979, Altangerel had two years of desk work before taking a four-year stint at the Mongolian embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, from 1981 to 1985, which were some of the worst years of fighting between the Soviet-backed government of Babrak Karmal and the U.S.-backed rebels who eventually won and established the Taliban regime.
Altangerel served the next twelve years based in Ulan Bator, first at the Foreign Ministry as a member of the Inter-Governmental Commission on the inspection of state boundaries between Mongolia and the USSR from 1985 to 1988, then as foreign policy advisor to the Parliament of Mongolia, known as the State Great Hural, from 1990 to 1991, and finally as director of the Foreign Relations Division (later Department) of the Great Hural from 1991 to 1997, when he was also the responsible Secretary of the Mongolian Inter-Parliamentary Group. During Mongolia’s transition from Soviet-style rule, Altangerel was involved in re-establishing the country’s foreign policy apparatus for the new regime.
In 1997, Altangerel was assigned to his first ambassadorship, to serve as the first-ever Mongolian ambassador to Turkey, resident in Ankara and concurrently accredited to Bulgaria, Lebanon, Romania and Uzbekistan, from 1997 to 2003.
He spent five years (2007-2012) as a member of the board of directors of the Trust Fund for Victims of the International Criminal Court. From May 2008 to late 2012, Altangerel was ambassador to the United Kingdom, resident in London and concurrently accredited to South Africa, Ireland and Iceland.
Altangerel speaks Russian, English and Spanish. An enthusiastic equestrian,
He and his wife, Erdenee Chuluuntsetseg, have three daughters.
Embassy of Mongolia
2833 M St. NW
Washington, DC 20007
Phone: (202) 333-7117
Fax: (202) 298-9227