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Ex-COO of UKTI appointed head of tech accelerator Level39

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Technology accelerator Level39 has appointed former UKTI Innovation Gateway chief operating officer Ben Brabyn as its new head.

As part of his role, Brabyn will advice the Canary Wharf Group on strengthening the area’s reputation as one of the most important European tech ecosystems.

Speaking about his new role, Brabyn said: “The technology sector is growing at a phenomenal pace and as a leading global centre for FinTech and smart cities innovation, Level39 has an important role to play.

“I look forward to drawing on my international expertise to lead Level39 in this exciting new chapter, by growing existing members, welcoming new ones and broadening the ecosystem in the smart cities space,” he continued.

In his former position, Brabyn led the Government team connecting UK startups with global sources of investment. Prior to this, he worked as an investment banker at JP Morgan.

Sir George Iacobescu CBE, chairman and chief executive officer of Canary Wharf Group, said:”Ben will play an important role in helping shape the next phase of Canary Wharf Group’s evolution as a diversified developer and landlord, helping us to create next-generation business locations, fused with technology and an attractive lifestyle to match.