Undraa Agvaanluvsan

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Undraa Agvaanluvsan

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Biography

Dr. Undraa Agvaanluvsan is a Member of Parliament of Mongolia and the chair of the Parliamentary subcommittee on Sustainable Development Goals. Prior to being elected in the Parliament, she served as an Ambassador-at-large in charge of nuclear security issues at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and director of Strategy Academy, a think-tank which was originally established in 1955. Undraa studied at the National University of Mongolia where she obtained bachelors and master’s degrees in Physics, and completed her PhD in Physics at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA. Dr. Undraa has diploma in High Energy Physics at the International Center for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy. During her career as a scientist, she published several dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals as a researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, USA and taught energy policy at International Policy Studies Program at Stanford University, where she was a Science fellow and visiting professor at Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation. 

As a lawmaker, she put forward a bill on food fortification which was successfully enacted by the Parliament into a law and once implemented, expected to make positive changes in preventing commonly found illnesses and diseases among Mongolians related to vital minerals deficiency and reduce the healthcare budget thereof.

She initiated and is currently working as the leader of the Responsible Mining group within the Parliament which is an informal caucus consisting of members of the Parliament, promoting for a legislation and practices for responsible use of national resources such as water and pasture land, and mining reclamation and responsible closure plans. Because of her scientific background, Dr. Undraa is seen as one of key voices in the parliament on higher education, science and technology. Her interest is in energy security, study of complex networks such as the energy grid and the social media.

She is a founding chair of the Mitchell Foundation, a well-established non-governmental organization that supports science, education and leadership development. She is also an Asia21 fellow of the Asia Society.

A frequent lecturer and speaker at public events, Dr. Undraa Agvaanluvsan has been interviewed and quoted by media including Bloomberg, Forbes, and the Diplomat.

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CISAC physicist returns to Mongolia to bolster nonproliferation

CISAC science fellow Undraa Agvaanluvsan faces no small task this summer: She has returned to her native Mongolia to help draft first-time legal and security protocols to ensure that the country's uranium-based nuclear industry develops safely while also attracting international investment. "Our government needs to be prepared to move ahead," the nuclear physicist said. "Mining needs to be regulated, there need to be laws specific to uranium so that extraction won't cause a risk to security."