Dr. Natalia Moussienko, is a member of the Internal Advisory Committee of Europa Nostra and is a Board Member of the NGO “Initiative for St. Andrew Passage” in Kiev, Ukraine which has been a Europa Nostra member-organisation since 2014.
Dr. Moussienko is currently a leading research fellow in the Modern Art Research Institute of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine in Kiev. She studied philosophy at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev, where she obtained her master’s degree and subsequently at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine where she received her doctorate. She is the author of numerous articles and five books on the theory and history of culture, cultural diplomacy, urbanism and cinema and has been published internationally. Moussienko initiated and organised three Cultural Diplomacy Forums in in Kiev (in 2015, 2016 and 2017). The forthcoming forum “Culture Heritage matters to Cultural Diplomacy” will be held in the summer of 2018 in the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage.
Dr. Moussienko is a voice for cultural heritage on a national level, writing for national magazines Ukrainian Culture, Monuments of Ukraine as well as a national weekly newspaper, Culture and Life. In addition, she was co-editor of three issues of Agora, a publication devoted to the theoretical bases of cultural diplomacy and its practical application. In 2016, the Academy of Art of Ukraine awarded a Gold Medal to Dr. Moussienko for her achievements in cultural diplomacy and cultural heritage. She has been recognised internationally for her work, having been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2011-2012 for her research, “Public Art in the City’s Identity Formation: American Experience in Ukrainian Realities” along with a Senior Grant of the Ministry of Culture of Poland in 2017 for her research “Polish Artists and the Ukrainian Maidan”.
Furthermore, Dr. Moussienko is an Advisory Council Member of the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., USA. She is a member of the National Union of Filmmakers of Ukraine, National Oscar Committee, and the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESСI).