Ilya Pavlov

Principal at Bright Capital

Ilya joined Bright Capital as a Senior Investment Manager in June 2011 bringing to the team 10 years of international experience in high-tech entrepreneurship and innovation. Ilya actively works with companies in the sectors of energy efficiency and smart grid, infrastructure and innovative materials, life science and biotechnologies. He is also responsible for starting up the business development of Bright Capital portfolio companies in Russia and Corporate Venturing activities in energy sector.

After graduation from Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (National Research Nuclear University) in 1999 Ilya spent 3 years in Innovation Business Centre for new Electrical Technologies in Moscow where he was in charge of R&D project management of the Centre.

Years from 2002 to 2008 Ilya had been living in Switzerland doing research at EPFL (Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology in Lausanne) and actively participating in various activities focused on technology commercialization and start up projects management. During these years he obtained the Master of Business Administration in Management of Technology (MoT) and won the “Prix du Jeune Entrepreneur 2008″.

Back in Moscow in 2009 Ilya spent two years in Rusnano managing various projects in innovative infrastructure creation and deals with early and medium stage companies finally closing the first direct investment of Rusnano in the US Start-Up Company.

Ilya holds a PhD in Physics from EPFL.