Ilian Iliev

Dr Ilian Iliev

Managing Director

Dr. Ilian Iliev span EMV Capital out of EcoMachines Ventures, which he founded in 2013. Prior to that he co-founded and was CEO of CambridgeIP Ltd (2006-2012), which he built into a leading technology strategy player in the innovation space (partial exit through sale of data & software business to multi-billion US investment fund). Strategy advisor to the Board of Allen & Overy, a top 10 global law firm with $1bln+ in revenues (2004-6). In the 1990s founded and led 100-person family business in Southern Africa in the medium and high voltage space (1997-2001). Projects included building a power plant, industrial facilities, real estate and others.

Current Board Directorships include: PointGrab (Machine Vision in building automation), Q-Bot (robotics in building industry), Power Drive Efficiency (power electronics in heavy industry), Autorose (connected cars)

Ilian holds a PhD from Cambridge University’s Judge Business School, focused on Venture Capital business models in emerging economies; MCom in Economics, and BA in Politics, Economics and International Relations from the University of Witwatersrand, where he was voted Best Political Science Student in South Africa in 1997.  He has published widely on issues in the energy and cleantech space, innovation finance and innovation policy. He is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, focused on energy and resource efficiency.

Key publications include:

Venture Capital Organisations as Actors in Emerging Economy Systems of Innovation: Case Studies of South Africa and Hungary – Thesis Submitted to the Univerity of Cambridge for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (2014)

Who Owns Our Low Carbon Future? Intellectual property and energy technologies – Report co-authored with Chatham House (2009)

Barriers to Venture Capital Investment in Innovative SMEs in CEEs–Causes and Policy Implications – in Piech&Radosevic (eds) The Knowledge-Based Economy in Central and East European Countries , Palgrave MacMillan (2006)

FirstSolar : A Focus on the Technology Fundamentals – CambridgeIP Report (2011)

Desalination Technologies and the Use of Alternative Energies for Desalination – Report for International Renewables Energy Agency and World Intellectual Property Office (2012)

Membrane Filtration and UV Water Treatment: A report on selected water treatment technologies and their application in desalination systems – Report for World Intellectual Property Office (2012)

Desalination: new frontier for renewable energy? – Article for Renewable Energy Focus (2012)

Challenges and opportunities in the licensing of renewable technologies – Journal of Commercial Biotechnology (2009)

Role of Intellectual Property Rights in Technology Transfer – Report for UNFCCC (2008)

Intellectual Property: Crosslicensing, Patent Pools and Cooperative Standards as a Channel for Climate Change Technology Cooperation – Report for Climate Strategies (2008)