Chris Devonshire-Ellis is the Publisher and main contributor to Mongolia Expat. A well known Asia hand, he began his Asian career in Singapore, working as in-house counsel for one of Asia’s largest advertising agencies. He subsequently moved to Hong Kong, working both for the legal publishing house Asia Law & Practice and then for the international law firm Mossack Fonseca. He subsequently began his own practice, Dezan Shira & Associates back in 1992. The firm has now grown from its initial start of two small offices in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, South China, to become the international practice it is today, embracing some seventeen offices across Asia and a multinational base of some 3,500 clients.
Chris also founded the Asia Briefing publishing house in 1999, which now publishes websites, magazines and books for multinational investors throughout China; India; Russia; Vietnam and Emerging Asia. He is a regular speaker about matters of China and India foreign investment law and tax throughout Asia and the United States in particular.
He commenced a series of more cultural and adventure travel publications in 2002, starting with China Expat and followed with Mongolia Expat a few years later.
Commenting on the Mongolia Expat site, he says "I spend a lot of time traveling in two of the worlds most dynamic, bustling and populous countries - China and India. Sometimes I just need a break away from all that and Mongolia as a country offers me a refuge from the teeming hoards of people that I am normally in the middle of ".
Chris has traveled across Mongolia, both by jeep, horse and camel in most areas of the country over the years. In 2007 he produced the best selling “Guide To Ulaan Baatar & The Mongolian Countryside" (downloadable from this site) because “I couldn’t find a book on Mongolia that had the sort of information I wanted to read. It’s a beautiful country, and none of the then available guides had many photos or details of excursions. So I decided to do it myself". That book changed the way adventure travel writers and publishers approached Mongolia, containing as it does over 200 color photos, most taken by Chris himself. “I wanted to really show it from first hand experience."
Mongolia Expat took a two year hiatus as Chris had to spend a great deal of time in India, however now is back, with a redesigned website, new quarterly magazine and a renewed interest. “I keep finding myself drawn back to the wilds of Mongolia" says Chris “I’m a keen birdwatcher, and with over 500 species, Mongolia is an ornithologists paradise. Add in one of the most diverse natural surroundings and one of the worlds key paleontological sites for dinosaur fossils, and you have a really interesting mix. It’s a beautiful country to explore and be out and about with nature."
Chris is based in Beijing but has also purchased property in Ulaan Baatar “to house all my adventure gear and give me a base for when I want to go exploring".
His personal website can also be found at www.chrisdevonshire-ellis.com