Energy, Environment and Resources

International Security research at Chatham House has a long established reputation for high quality and policy relevant insight and analysis on a wide range of critical defence and security issues.

We focus on key security challenges in cyberspace, identify policy responses and establish a knowledge base for public and private sector decision-makers and wider society. This research area proposes innovative solutions to the complex security challenges we face today, testing alternative approaches to security dialogue, policy and operations.

International Economics Projects

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Photo by FREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty Images.

Innovation in Low-Carbon Cement and Concrete

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UK-China Bilateral Reform and Innovation Forum 2018: The New Industrial Revolution

Research Event

Green Finance and the New Industrial Revolution

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Fossil Fuels Expert Roundtable: How Solar is Shaping the Energy Transition

Research Event

Beyond Brexit: Regulatory Alignment with the Continental Market and Ireland

The Colombo Port City infrastructure project in Sri Lanka, which has received Belt and Road-linked funding. Photo: Getty Images.
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How China Could Become a Global Leader in Sustainable Infrastructure

The Golden Bridge of the Silk Road sculpture built at Chang’an Street, Beijing, to celebrate National Day in 2016. Photo: VCG/VCG via Getty Images.
Research paper

The Role of Investors in Promoting Sustainable Infrastructure Under the Belt and Road Initiative

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What Future for UK-EU Climate Cooperation?

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Illegal Logging Update and Stakeholder Consultation Meeting Number 28

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11th International Forum on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

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Book Launch: Come On! Capitalism, Short-Termism, Population and the Destruction of the Planet

Research Event

Next Steps for the Indicators of Illegal Logging

Father and daughter in their shelter in Goudoubo refugee camp, Burkina Faso, March 2017. Photo: Kwesi Annim.
Moving Energy Initiative

Prices, Products and Priorities: Meeting Refugees’ Energy Needs in Burkina Faso and Kenya

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Brexit and the Food System: Trade, Environmental and Security Implications

An oil tanker on the outskirts of Beirut. Photo: Getty Images.
Expert comment

Is Lebanon Set for an Oil Bonanza?

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Fifth Meeting of the New Petroleum Producers Discussion Group

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Suriname National Seminar of the New Petroleum Producers Discussion Group

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Visualizing the Data: The Evolution of Trade Tensions in Metals and Minerals Markets

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Fossil Fuels Expert Roundtable: Forecasting Forum 2018

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Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources

Dr. Ilian Iliev is a serial entrepreneur and VC investor with a strong interest in innovation and entrepreneurship policy.

Ilian is managing director of EcoMachines Ventures, a London-based industrial-high VC fund that he founded in 2013.

Previously he co-founded and was CEO of CambridgeIP Ltd (2006-2012), which he built into a leading technology strategy player in the innovation space.

In the 1990s he founded and led a 100-person family business in Southern Africa in the medium and high voltage space.

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 and research issues in the energy and cleantech space, innovation finance and innovation policy.

Areas of expertise: 
  • Venture capital/innovation finance/risk finance
  • Industrial, innovation and entrepreneurship policy
  • Patents and technology
  • Emerging technologies and value chains in Robotics, AI, IoT
Past experience: 
2013-presentManaging director, EcoMachines Ventures 
2006-12CEO, CambridgeIP (remaining as director)
2004-08Strategy and leadership development programme, Judge Business School, Cambridge University
2005-07Board advisor on innovation, strategy, leadership development,  Allen & Overy LLP
2001-14PhD programme, Judge Business School, Cambridge University
1996-2001Managing director, Satipimpex (South Africa)