Dr Dilruk Yahathugoda

Innovation Strategy Consultant

Dilruk is the Innovation Strategy Consultant at Coller IP, bringing with him over 16 years of experience in innovation strategy, product launch and innovation management, particularly in the advanced materials and textiles, and emerging technologies in the fields of apparel and healthcare.


Summary

Year joined: 2019

Qualifications: PhD, BSc Eng, CEng, CIM

Expertise

Dilruk has over 16 years of professional experience driving change through a combination of strategy, innovation, R&D, IP, corporate entrepreneurship and sustainability. He has worked on many challenges championing the customer, but with a strong commercial mindset. Dilruk thrives on managing highly engaged teams that translate strategy and insight into bottom-line growth. He also brings a broad international perspective having worked across Europe, the US and Asia, mainly in the fields of apparel, health & wellness and healthcare.

Dilruk has built and nurtured R&D teams for idea generation, development and commercial implementation of new processes, technologies and products. He has developed and implemented opportunity identification methodologies, design-thinking and lean startup models. He has secured impressive growth (£800 million) for multi-million-dollar clients in diverse arenas, including sustainable business modelling.

Academic

Dilruk holds a BSc degree in Engineering from the University of Moratuwa, and a PhD degree in Materials Science (medical device) from the University of Manchester, and a diploma in Charted Institute of Marketing (CIM-UK), and completed a senior executive programme – Strategy and Innovation at the Cambridge Judge Business School.

Sectors & Specialisms

Dilruk has expertise in the innovation strategy, product launch and innovation management, particularly in the advanced materials and textiles, and emerging technologies in the fields of apparel and healthcare. He embeds a culture of challenging the status quo while reengineering existing structure by focusing on core-competence, leveraging global-scale, tech-adoption, organisational redesigns and sustainability.

Dilruk’s consulting activities are focused on the toughest challenges that senior executives face: driving organic growth through innovation and implementing broad-based culture change toward Open Innovation. Also, he performs patent landscape activities that provide insights into how technology is evolving, and how organisations can use this knowledge to differentiate itself and drive increased profitability by leveraging the latest advances.