Global recognition for young business leader

Notre Dame alumnus, Ganzorig Vanchig, is a Young Global Leader for 2014
as recognised by the World Economic Forum.

20 March 2014

Notre Dame alumnus, Ganzorig Vanchig, was recognised alongside Oscar-winning actress, Charlize Theron, as a 2014 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum on 11 March 2014.

Ganzorig Vanchig, Chief Executive Officer of Media Group Mongolia and Senior Vice President of business portfolio firm Shunkhlai Group, was one of 214 young leaders from 66 countries around the world to be recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader for "leadership and service to society". He was nominated for the award by Professor of Management in The University of Notre Dame Australia's School of Business in Fremantle, George Kailis.

Mr Vanchig said he was passionate about developing human resource initiatives and brand equity in Mongolia and that this global recognition will give him more opportunity to further develop himself as a professional and contribute meaningfully to Mongolian society.

"I dream of actively participating in major projects for the further development of my home country; producing value-added products and ensuring that Mongolian products are competing strongly in the international market," Mr Vanchig said.

Mr Vanchig came to Notre Dame in 2003 on a scholarship to complete his Master of Business Administration. Upon the completion of his degree, Mr Vanchig returned home to Mongolia where he chose to work in the Mongolian banking sector before leaving for Japan to get his second master's degree majoring in electronic business management.

After returning from Japan, he was appointed to undertake organisational restructuring of Shunkhlai Group – a position which gave him business leadership insights into the unique and continually developing sectors of production, services, trade and construction.

Further to his business endeavours, Mr Vanchig is also the founding member of the Down Syndrome Association Mongolia, as well as a board member of the Mongolian Special Olympics Committee.

"My career path and current success is definitely connected with Notre Dame where I first learnt western business etiquette. Being mixed with students from diverse backgrounds in the classroom was a great experience as I was able to learn more about Australia and its business practices in a friendly environment," Mr Vanchig said.

Professor Kailis congratulated Mr Vanchig on his achievement. Professor Kailis said Mr Vanchig should be proud of his ability to use the skills acquired at Notre Dame to better serve his country.

"In his time with us, Ganzorig completed a significant research project titled 'The Mongolian Animal Husbandry Sector and its Future' as part of successfullky completing his MBA," Professor Kailis said.

"He was especially concerned about Mongolia's agricultural sector, and especially herders who are subject to severe weather conditions, not only to the droughts familiar to Australians but also the freezing 'zud' (a severe Mongolian winter) of the Mongolian steppe. Ganzorig continues to be involved with the Notre Dame community as his career continues to develop."

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