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Ryan Ravens has been appointed as Accelerate Cape Town‘s (ACT) new CEO.
Established in 2007, business leadership organisation ACT has become a prominent player in facilitating dialogue between government, corporate and higher education in the Western Cape and the greater South Africa.
The organisation believes that Raven’s strong background as manager and leader will help ACT further its vision of accelerating economic growth through innovation.
Prior to accepting the role at Accelerate Cape Town, Ravens was the Group Executive: Strategic Partnerships at Blue IQ Investment Holdings (now known as Gauteng Growth and Development Agency) and then CEO of consulting company, TetraPlex.
Well known for his organisational skills, the former University of Cape Town student was also project manager for the FIFA 2010 World Cup.
Chris Whelan announced stepping down as the chief executive in May this year.
Chairman of ACT Gavin Tipper welcomed Ravens in a press release:
On behalf of the board, sponsors and members, I would like to extend a warm welcome to Mr Ravens. He is a natural collaborator which, together with his commercial experience and entrepreneurial spirit, ideally positions him to take our organisation forward at this pivotal time.
Tipper added that Ravens will help ACT catalyse the inclusive growth that is so critical to the region’s future.