New head of Level39 announced

Ben Brabyn has been appointed as the new head of Canary Wharf accelerator space Level39. Brabyn joins from UKTI where he held the chief operating officer position in their innovation gateway team.

Brabyn led the government team at UKTI, connecting UK startups with global sources of investment. Prior to that, he worked as an investment banker at JP Morgan and formerly as an officer in the Royal Marines Commandos.

Sir George Iacobescu, chairman and CEO of Canary Wharf Group, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Ben into our team. He will be working with us on a full-time basis, bringing his professionalism and experience of the FinTech sector to bear at Level39.”

Brabyn will advise Level39 on how to strengthen its reputation as a European technology ecosystem and the ideal location to start and grow a technology business. The hub is already providing a point of convergence for startups, tech companies, and their natural client base in the banking, financial and professional services sectors. Membership to Level39 also gives businesses access to office space and amenities, as the Canary Wharf Group currently holds over one million square feet of space in Docklands.

Brabyn added: “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.”

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