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Board of Directors


Harris Kupperman

Harris Kupperman
Executive Chairman – March 2014 to Present – CEO from February 2011 to March 2014

Mr. Kupperman is a co-founder of Mongolia Growth Group and was the CEO and President of the Company from February 2011 to March 2014. He earned a history degree from Tulane University College in 2003. He spent 10 years as President of Praetorian Capital, a macro themed small cap focused hedge fund based in Miami Beach. Mr. Kupperman served as a Director at Aeroquest International Limited (TSX:AQL) from 2010-2011. Mr. Kupperman writes a very successful blog; AdventuresInCapitalism.com; a site dedicated to uncovering unique opportunities around the world.

Bill Fleckenstein

Bill Fleckenstein
Lead Director – February 2011 to Present

William A. Fleckenstein is President of Fleckenstein Capital, a money management firm based in Seattle. He writes a daily Market Rap column for his website (www.fleckensteincapital.com) as well as a popular weekly column for MSN Money, appropriately known as the “Contrarian Chronicles.” Mr. Fleckenstein also wrote a best-selling book about Alan Greenspan, titled “Greenspan’s Bubbles: The Age of Ignorance at the Federal Reserve,” which is available in numerous languages. He can frequently be heard on the radio or seen on TV sharing his views on assorted topics with Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Fox News and more. From 1997-2012, he was a Director for Pan American Silver Corp, serving as the Lead Director from 2000-2012.  Mr. Fleckenstein has been the Lead Director of Mongolia Growth Group since February 2011.

Paul Byrne

Director, CEO – March, 2014 to Present

Mr. Byrne has been an Advisor to the MGG Board and then in early 2014 he was appointed as the CEO and a Board Member.

He has nearly three decades of experience with real estate investment and development portfolios, various consortia and joint venture projects, combined with organizational leadership experience at the highest levels in leading high profile property companies in both the private and the public sectors.

His expertise includes; establishing new businesses, company vision and strategy, organizational restructuring, property acquisitions and development, infrastructure development, private and public partnerships, major joint ventures, town planning and sites master planning, marketing, leasing, design and construction, investment management, asset and facility management, capital markets and funding, recruitment of organizational leadership. This expertise has been leveraged across; major mixed-use developments, regional retail malls, office towers, hotels and resorts, residential apartment towers, master planned community estates and infrastructure projects, including new airports and associated rail.

Some iconic developments under his leadership where he lived at the time include:

6 years in New York on the new World Trade Center rebuilding after 911.

8 years in Hong Kong on the new International Airport.

5 years in Dubai and the iconic Mall of the Emirates with the indoor ski slope.

During his career, Mr. Byrne has held various leadership positions, including Chairman, Board Member, Chief Executive Officer, President and is instrumental in leading MGG through the next phase of significantly scaled growth.

Jordan Calonego,  CFA

Jordan Calonego
Director – February 2011 to Present

Mr. Calonego is a co-founder of Mongolia Growth Group and was the COO and Corporate Secretary of the Company from February 2011 to May 2014. Mr. Calonego was the Chairman of Mandal General Insurance from 2011 to 2014. He has 14 years of experience in commercial real estate and 12 years of experience investing in numerous public and private businesses. He graduated from the University of Ottawa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Finance and is a CFA® charterholder.

Byambaa Losolsuren

Director  – April 2011 to Present

Mrs. Losolsuren is currently a partner at UMC Capital in Mongolia. She is also a former investment officer at Asian Development Bank and a Former Consultant to the Financial Regulatory Commission of Mongolia. Mrs. Losolsuren is a VP of the Financial Markets Association of Mongolia. She earned a Bachelor degree from the National University of Mongolia in 1998 and an MBA from the University of Waseda in Tokyo, Japan in 2006. Mrs. Losolsuren joined the Board of Mongolia Growth Group in April 2011.

John Shaw

John Shaw
Director– January 2013 to Present

Mr. Shaw brings over three decades of leadership and experience in successful real estate development, operational management, and civic engagement to McWhinney. As Executive Vice President, Mr. Shaw oversees the entire McWhinney portfolio of commercial, community development, and acquisitions. Before Mr. Shaw joined the McWhinney team in 2009, he was instrumental in developing more than 20 million square feet of commercial properties located throughout the western United States. Mr. Shaw led the Opus Denver and Kansas City operations and the execution of all development work undertaken in these regions. The Denver office generated approximately $100 million in revenues annually and successfully completed more than 7 million square feet of commercial properties since opening in January 1995. The Kansas City office created approximately $60 million in revenues annually and successfully completed over 2.5 million square feet of commercial properties since opening in 1999. Mr. Shaw is the most recent addition to the Board of MGG, joining in January 2013.

Paul Sweeney

Paul Sweeney
Director and Audit Committee Chair – February 2011 to Present

Mr. Sweeney is currently an independent business and financial consultant. In addition to the MGG Board, he also serves on the Board of Directors for Tahoe Resources Inc.  and Greenville Strategic Royalty Corp.  Previously, he was a Chief Financial Officer for both Canico Resource Corp. (acquired by Vale) and Sutton Resources (acquired by Barrick Gold) and was a senior executive for Plutonic Power. Mr. Sweeney has more than 30 years’ experience in financial management of mining and renewable energy companies. Mr. Sweeney joined as a director in February 2011 and is the Chair of the Audit Committee.