Board of Directors:


Charlie Conn, Executive Director

After graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, Minnesota (1994) with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Charlie moved to Livingston, Montana to work for the summer at Dan Bailey’s Fly Shop.   He started guiding in Mongolia in 1998 for Hovsgol/ Sweetwater Travel and has been guiding there ever since.  In 2006 Charlie and his partners opened the Sweetwater Fly Shop in Livingston, Montana, which sold in 2011.  Charlie is now also the Host and Guide Manager at the Agua Boa Amazon Lodge, in Roraima, Brazil working for his seventh season there.

In 2010, Charlie was the driving force behind the creation of the Taimen Fund for The Tributary Fund.  As a seasoned guide in Mongolia it was easy for him to identify the challenges taimen face there and he was inspired to help protect them. When The Tributary Fund closed its doors in 2013, it asked Charlie to continue his work in Mongolia.  The Taimen Fund became a non-profit organization in September 2013, and Charlie is proud to be its first Executive Director.
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Dan Bailey, Board Member

Dan began his work in Mongolia during the summer of 2007 as a river ecologist working on the Asia Foundation’s “Securing Our Future” project.  During his first field season Dan performed numerous river assessments across Mongolia with a team of Mongolian and American scientists.  If you ask Dan the real reason behind his trip to Mongolia it was for a chance at the elusive taimen.  “I saw a photo of a taimen when I was 14 and knew from that date forward I would catch one of these beautiful fish.” Following his work with the Asia Foundation Dan began guiding on the Delgermörön, where the perilous situation that confronted taimen in Mongolia was experienced first-hand.  As a result he started working on a project that was intended to inform foreign anglers about taimen conservation and protection.  This project was the foundation for a master’s degree from the University of Montana, which Dan completed in 2013.

 Jeffrey Liebert, Board Member

The CEO of the frontier market private equity fund manager Gazelle Finance, Jeff was born and raised in Seattle, and has been fly-fishing all of his life. Jeff was introduced to the Taimen during his stint in the Peace Corps in Mongolia, and has fished many of the great taimen rivers of this country. Jeff’s commitment to protecting the taimen started with an innovative ecotourism project that he developed and financed while he was at IFC, the private sector investment arm of the World Bank.

Esentsengel “Esse” Sukhee, Board Member

The newest addition to The Taimen Fund’s Board of Directors, Esse is a passionate fly angler and co-owner of the Fly Shop Mongolia, which specializes in fishing adventures throughout Mongolia. He has also committed his time to contribute to a variety of conservation activities with his Fly Shop Mongolia partners to maintain the ecological integrity of the watershed habitats upon which taimen depend. At the same time, he serves as management executive of the largest Mongolian conglomerate group with 8,000 employees in Mongolia. Esse runs many business development projects and serves in representation as a board member in various MCS group subsidiaries, including real estate and property development, telecommunications, fast-moving consumer goods and the service industry. His previous experience was with the international advisory firm PricewaterhouseCoopers in Germany and Mongolia, and he holds a diploma in business administration from the University of Stuttgart, Germany.

L. Mark Weeks, Board Member 

The Managing Partner of the Tokyo office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, as well as leader of the firm’s Global Japan Practice, Mark was born in Alaska and raised in Idaho, an avid fly angler since childhood. He has fished six times for Siberian taimen in Mongolia, once for Siberian taimen in Russia, where he caught a world record taimen on 8kg tippet, and several times for sea-run taimen (hucho perryi or ito) in Hokkaido, Japan. In addition to his work with The Taimen Fund, Mark represents the Wild Salmon Center in connection their efforts to protect sea-run taimen in Japan’s Sarufutsu River, one of the last major undammed rivers in Japan. In 2009, Mark assisted with the preparation and negotiation of a ground breaking agreement to create the 2,660 hectare Sarufutsu Environmental Conservation Forest that protects the entire river, from the ito’s spawning beds to the estuary where they live for most of their lives. Mark also represents Ocean Outcomes, an organization dedicated to promoting sustainable commercial fishing in the world’s oceans.


John Tarver Bailey serves as Fund Manager, working closely with Charlie to develop programs, revenue streams and manage the day-to-day of running an international non-profit. When not bird-dogging around Montana or supporting TTF, John develops renewable energy projects around the state, and works closely with many of Montana’s Indian communities. John’s time in Mongolia and time spent on the river stick with him to this day.
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