Mishigish Bataa

Bataa Mishig-Ish, Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Institute of Philosophy, Mongolian Academy of Sciences

Bataa Mishig-Ish serves as chairperson of the Department of Religious Studies in the Institute of Philosophy at the Mongolian Academy of Sciences. He received a PhD in Asian studies from Ritsumeikan University in Japan and a master’s degree in Asian religions as well as a master’s degree in political science from the University of Hawaii, USA. Bataa also had a monastic educational background in Gandantegchenling and Dashichoiling monasteries in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Earlier in his career, Mishig-Ish was an associate professor at the National Academy of Governance. He also worked as a senior analyst on religious and cultural affairs for the National Security Council of Mongolia and served as an advisor on religious and cultural Affairs to the President of Mongolia. An expert on government and religious relations in Mongolia, he now heads the Tritiya Dharmachakra Foundation (TDF) for promoting Buddhist studies and research works in Mongolia. He is the editor of several publications for the conferences on Buddhism and the author of two books on contemporary Buddhism in Mongolia. In addition, he serves as director of the board of trustees of Orgil Secondary School in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.