Colonel Hennadiy KOVALENKO is currently serving as a staff officer at the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) HQ, Norfolk, Virginia.
He graduated from the Kharkiv Air Force Military Institute (1996), and the National Defence Academy of Ukraine (2005). He completed the Joint Command and General Staff Course at the Baltic Defence College (2004), as well as graduated from the Royal College of Defence Studies (2014, UK).
In 2015, Colonel Kovalenko achieved his MA in International Security and Strategy at King’s College London, and completed his scholarship at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies (2018). Since July 2020 he has been accomplishing his Professional Doctorate Programme at the Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK. In 2022 he graduated from The McCain Global Leaders Program. He is a non-resident fellow of the Institute of Innovation & Knowledge Exchange (UK).
Colonel Kovalenko has been serving in various positions in the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine (Head of NATO and the EU Section, Plans and Policy Department) as well as in the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (Head of Bilateral Cooperation Directorate, Head of Cooperation with Security Organisations Directorate, etc).
From the beginning of the Russian-Ukrainian armed conflict, he deployed at the operation area in different capacities, in addition, he was responsible for coordinating international support and assistance within the framework of the Multinational Joint Commission of Military Cooperation and Defence Reform (MJC).