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David Altabev
Founder & Director at Urban Frontiers


David founded Urban Frontiers, an urban technology and smart cities agency working with cities, governments and startups around the world to develop innovative new solutions to urban challenges.

He recently led DCMS’s flagship £25m 5G testbed in the West Midlands as the Head of Urban Connected Communities, and works as the Head of Cities for PUBLIC, Europe’s leading GovTech venture firm.

Previously he was Director for Data & Demonstrators at the Future Cities Catapult, a UK Government backed innovation centre of excellence, leading a team of data scientists and urban technologists. Before that he led Nesta’s cities work in their Government Innovation department, and before worked on Innovate UK’s £35m Future Cities Demonstrator Programme. He’s a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Chartered Engineer with the Royal Academy of Engineer.