I am passionate about translating my clients’ research and innovation activities into business growth outcomes. 


Ilona is a Consultant in Research and Innovation within the Technology and Innovation division at Bentleys. Ilona has science qualifications as well as a consulting background. She has specialist skills in innovation strategy and portfolio management, new product/technology commercialisation, innovation training facilitation, government grant and funding strategies, business planning, market entry and intellectual property strategy, research and development project management and regulatory affairs.

Ilona’s focus is to assist clients – both start-ups and established companies –  to translate their research and innovation activities into business growth outcomes. She works with clients to achieve their research and innovation goals as well as helping them to access grant funding and tax incentive opportunities. These tailored research and innovation solutions focus on business best practice with a low impact and risk mitigated process.

Throughout her career, Ilona has been hands-on in product development and strategy, innovation management, and across the delivery of stage and gate project management processes to manage R&D and commercialisation projects. She has worked in both domestic and international markets across a  range of industries including agribusiness, e-health, financial services, universities, mining, manufacturing, international trade and rural development. Her accomplishments include successfully gaining regulatory approvals and regulator exemption rulings for new chemical products across a number of jurisdictions including Australia, US, New Zealand, South Africa and China. She has also secured grant funding for early stage and established technology companies and has been the Commerical Project Manager for major e-health projects.

Ilona brings strong technical and business experience to deliver solutions that assist businesses to innovate and realise commercial opportunities.

Ilona’s experience as Group Training Facilitator under the state government’s Advance Queensland initiative equips her with the skills and expertise to deliver practical innovation and commercialisation training workshops that provide powerful outcomes for participants. She has an expansive understanding of the innovation challenges faced by businesses and contemporary tools and approaches used to deliver successful innovation outcomes.



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Qualifications/Professional Memberships/ Appointments

  • Graduate Certificate in Project Management
  • Master of Technology & Innovation Management
  • Australian Youth Ambassador for Development Alumni

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Ilona has specialist expertise in the following areas:

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