H.E. Sükhbaataryn Batbold is the Prime Minister of Mongolia. He was previously the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the government of his predecessor, H.E. Sanjaagiin Bayar.
Batbold attended the 14th high school in Ulaan Baatar. Afterwards, he studied in Russia at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations between 1980 and 1986. Batbold also studied at the London Business School in 1991 and the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Moscow in 2002.
Batbold previously held an executive position at Mongol Impex Cooperative. He also headed Altai Trading Co. Ltd., which among other properties owns the Chinggis Khaan Hotel and the Skytel cellular operator from 1992 to 2000. The company is now headed by his wife.
Batbold was twice elected as a Member of Parliament, and served as the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs between 2000-2004, and as Cabinet Minister of Trade and Industry between 2004-2006. In addition, he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2008 until his nomination as Prime Minister in 2009.
During his tenure as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, he hosted United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Ulan Bator to discuss climate change in Mongolia. Batbold also substituted for then-Prime Minister Bayar at a Prime Ministers' meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.