BADRAL Yondon

BADRAL Yondon

Badral Yondon is partner at UB International and the CEO of Mongolia Quest, a premier tour operator in Mongolia. His career in tourism began while he was a university student working as a porter at a hotel in Ulaanbaatar during the democratic revolution in 1990. Since then, Badral has emerged as a leader in the tourism industry of Mongolia and is committed to supporting the culture and heritage of his country while also protecting the bio-diversity of its fragile ecosystems. He graduated from the Foreign Language Institute in Ulaanbaatar and the Klessheim Tourism and Hotel Management School in Saltzburg, Austria. As one of the founding members of Mongolia Quest, Badral has explored much of Mongolia’s vast countryside, sharing his knowledge of Mongolia’s unique culture and biodiversity with many hundred visitors over last 25 years. He serves as a Chairperson of the Ulaanbaatar Tourism Association and a board member of the Arts Council of Mongolia. Badral is a Certified Interpretive Guide & Trainer by the National Association for Interpretation, USA.

UNUDELGEREKH “ONO” Batkhuu

UNUDELGEREKH “ONO” Batkhuu

Ono Batkhuu is a partner at UB International and CEO of Zana Global Corporation. Before joining UB International, Ono worked as a founding director of Mongol Ecology Center (MEC) for nine years. MEC works to strengthen national parks system in Mongolia and now assists management of all four protected areas of Hovsgol province. MEC established Rally for Rangers in (RfR) in 2014, a project that is committed to protecting the world’s special places by empowering rangers through providing them with new motorcycles and equipment. To date, MEC and RfR have raised more than a million dollars to strengthen the management of the protected areas and initiated various programs to advance conservation and education skills of the park staff, promote environmental leadership among youth, rehabilitate and expand park facilities, support tourism-related workforce development for local community members and build collaborative bridges between Mongolia, Europe, and America.
Ono is also a co-founder of “Ger” Youth Center, a non-profit organization that serves Mongolian children in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is an alumna of the Executive Leadership Program of the National Parks Institute, a collaboration between Yosemite National Park, University of California Merced, and the US National Park Service. She is a Certified Interpretive Guide & Host Trainer by the National Association for Interpretation of the United States. In 2017, Ono served as an advisor to the Minister of Environment and Tourism. Ono has visited national parks and protected areas in over 50 countries.