David Altabev is an independent smart cities and urban technology specialist. He currently works as the Director of Data & Demonstrators at the Future Cities Catapult, a UK Government-back urban innovation centre of excellence. As part of the Executive Management Team, leads a team of data scientists and urban technologists to develop real-world technology and data demonstrators.
As Head of Cities at PUBLIC, a European GovTech venture firm, David leads engagements between cities and startups through the UrbanChallenge programme, delivering training to startups on the industry-leading GovStart accelerator programme.
He is a CABE Built Environment Expert for the Design Council, offering his expertise in smart cities and urban technology on design reviews, and a B-Corp Assessor, advising companies on how to use business as a force for good. Previously he led Nesta’s cities work in their Government Innovation department, and Innovate UK’s Future Cities Demonstrator Programme.
David is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council.
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