Nelya Mykhailivna Kukovalska
Nelya Kukovalska is a General Director of the National Conservation Area “St. Sophia of Kyiv”, a leading specialist in the field of architecture, restoration, construction, an expert of monument protection and museum work.

Nelya Kukovalska is a Full Member of the Ukrainian Academy of Architecture (2005), Honored Worker of Culture of Ukraine (2008), Member of the Interdepartmental Council of the National Commission of Ukraine for UNESCO on the Protection of Monuments, Full Member and Member of the Bureau of the Ukrainian Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), Member of the Main Council Board of the Ukrainian Society for the Protection of Historical and Cultural Monuments, Deputy Chairman of the All-Ukrainian Association of Museums and Reserves of Ukraine.

Higher education: Construction Engineering Faculty of the Moscow State University of Railway Engineering (1983), Historical Faculty of Pereyaslav-Khmelnitsky Hryhoriy Skovoroda State Pedagogical University (2004).

Since June 2000 – Director, since September 2003 – General Director of the National Conservation Area “St. Sophia of Kyiv”, which includes about 60 sites. Among them there are such world-famous architectural monuments as the 11th-century St. Sophia Cathedral, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List with the architectural ensemble of monastic buildings of the 18th century on its territory, as well as the Golden Gate of the 11th century, St. Cyril’s Church of the 12th century, St. Andrew’s Church of the 18th century (located in Kyiv) and a complex of Sudak Fortress architectural monuments of the 6th-15th centuries (located in Sudak, Crimea).

Nelya Kukovalska is the leader and one of the authors-developers of a number of programs for the preservation of the architectural heritage of the Conservation Area and the strategy of museum activities aimed at ensuring scientific-based protection (conservation, restoration, rehabilitation and museumfication) of architectural monuments.

N.M. Kukovalska is a participant at many international scientific conferences both in Ukraine and near and far abroad countries: she has made 29 reports at 25 international scientific conferences (Ukraine, Russia, China, Poland, etc.). N. Kukovalska is an author of about 50 publications in scientific and popular science editions.

For significant personal contribution to the study, preservation and restoration of the architectural heritage of Ukraine, as well as for active participation in international monument protection activities, she was repeatedly awarded with diplomas, honorary mentions and certificates by: Ukrainian Academy of Architecture (2002, 2004), Ministry of Regional Development of Ukraine (2006), National Commission of Ukraine for UNESCO of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (2006), National Union of Architects of Ukraine (2004), etc.

In 2012, the Yanukovych regime unjustifiably fired Nelya Mykhailivna on fabricated charges.

By the order of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine No. 256/0 / 17-15 dated 09.04.2015 Nelya Kukovalska has been appointed to the position of General Director of the National Conservation Area “St. Sophia of Kyiv”.