Former marine and previous CEO of the innovation gateway team at UK Trade and Investment, Ben Brabyn, has been appointed as the head of Level39.

The entrepreneur brings experience of online payments, cyber and social ecommerce which is expected to strengthen the Canary Wharf Group owned technology hub as a good location to start, grow and headquarter a technology business.

Through Level39, the group is already providing a point of convergence for startups, tech industry titans and their natural client base in the banking, financial and professional services sectors.

Brabyn will oversee the next phase of growth within the Level39 community of FinTech and smart cities tech companies, which the group has created in preparation for the development of the 4.9million square foot (formerly known as Wood Wharf).

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Experience: The entrepreneur brings experience of online payments, cyber and social ecommerce which is expected to strengthen the Canary Wharf Group owned technology hub as a good location to start, grow and headquarter a technology business

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.

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“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.”

At UKTI , Brabyn led the Government team connecting UK startups with global sources of investment.

Eric Van Der Kleij, former CEO of Level39 incubator space at Canary Wharf

He has also founded two digital businesses and provided mentoring via Microsoft Ventures.

Prior to this, he worked as an investment banker at JP Morgan and formerly as an officer in the Royal Marines Commandos.

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Canary Wharf Group chairman and CEO Sir George Iacobescu CBE, said: “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.

"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.

Professor Brian Cox at Level 39

“Canary Wharf is recognised as one of Europe’s leading hubs for FinTech innovation and the Group has a continued role to play in bringing together technology leaders and innovators.

"We will continue to harness our expertise to meet the property requirements of some of the UK’s most promising young technology firms at every stage of growth, from flexible co-working environments through to private office space.”

Level39 currently has more than 200 members and now spans three floors, taking up 80,000 sq ft, of One Canada Square.