Iliana Portugues

Head of Innovation

National Grid (Confirmed)

Iliana is the head of innovation for National Grid Electricity Transmission Owner, responsible for the delivery of innovation across National Grid. Iliana joined National Grid in 2014 as a condition monitoring specialist before moving into the innovation team in 2015. Previously, Iliana was the operations director of the Power Networks Demonstration Centre at the University of Strathclyde. Iliana graduated from the University of Bath with a MEng in electronic and communications engineering in 2001, where she also obtained sponsorship from National Grid for her PhD to develop a system for the location of partial discharges using antennas (2004). She then moved to the University of Strathclyde where in 2007 she spun-out the technology into Elimpus Ltd. In 2010 she went to work as a sensor laboratory manager and senior project manager for the Electric Power Research Institute in Palo Alto.