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Ewan Kirk

Founder & Chair

Turner Kirk Trust

Cambridge, UK

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Ewan Kirk’s Biography

Dr. Ewan Kirk is a technology entrepreneur, former President of GAM Systematic Cantab, and Chairman of the Management Committee of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences. A seed investor in startups in Cambridge and London, he has been active in philanthropy since 2007.

Ewan has been involved in a number of ventures to commercialise, apply and support science, technology and mathematics research.

He is best known for founding Cantab Capital Partners, a science-driven quantitative investment management firm that uses data analysis to research and implement systematic investment strategies. Between 2007 and 2016, Cantab grew from a team of two with £30m AUM to 60 people with over £4bn AUM and was consistently ranked as one of the top-performing quant funds. In 2016 it was acquired by GAM Investments. He went on to serve as President of GAM Systematic Cantab until 2021.

A partner at Goldman Sachs between 1992 and 2005, Ewan was responsible for leading their 120-strong quantitative technology group. He previously served as Director of Innovation at Scientific Generics (now Sagentia), a consultancy providing scientific solutions to business problems, and founded DaLEK Software, which developed the Microdraft CAD software package.

Alongside his wife Dr. Patricia Turner, he founded the Turner Kirk Trust, which supports STEM, education and conservation causes. It funds the Kirk Distinguished Fellowship Programme for female mathematicians and the Turner Kirk Visiting Fellowship Programme to bring leading mathematicians to Cambridge.

In 2015, the couple provided a £5m gift to the University of Cambridge to establish the Cantab Capital Institute for the Mathematics of Information.

Ewan holds a PhD in General Relativity, MASt in Mathematics (Part III, Cambridge Mathematical Tripos), and a BSc in Natural Philosophy and Astronomy.

Ewan Kirk’s Newsfeed

SolarAid
Supporters Ewan Kirk and Patricia Turner back innovative pilot to light up rural Africa

Dr. Ewan Kirk and Dr. Patricia Turner are featured in an article written by SolarAid regarding their backing of the innovative solar lighting pilot, Light a Village, which aims to light up villages in Africa. Dr. Ewan Kirk says: "If we are going to solve difficult global problems, like energy poverty, it is essential that organisations like SolarAid are given the permission to fail.”

PV Magazine
Entire village in Malawi to receive solar in pilot project

The Turner Kirk Trust is mentioned in an article by PV Magzine regarding the solar lighting project, Light a Village, which the trust helped fund.

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Ewan Kirk’s Background

Cantab Capital Partners
Founder
Feb 2006 - Present
Cambridge, UK
Founded in 2006, Cantab Capital is a science-driven quantitative investment firm. One of the top-performing quant funds between 2006-16, the company credits its success to its scientific rigour, using data analysis to research, test and implement systematic investment strategies. With strong ties to the University of Cambridge, the company conducts itself like a scientific research organisation.
GAM Systematic | Cantab
President
Oct 2016 - Mar 2021
Cambridge, UK
Part of GAM Investments, GAM Systematic | Cantab manages a range of algorithm-led quantitative investment funds. Led by a team of physicists and mathematicians, the team uses data analysis to test and implement systematic investment strategies across a broad range of asset classes. Known for its academic excellence, it was formed in 2016 following the acquisition of Cantab Capital Partners.
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Other Business Interests

Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences
Chairman of the Management Committee
2017 - Present
Cambridge, UK
The Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences is a national and international visitor research institute. It runs a wide range of mathematical research programmes attracting leading mathematical scientists from overseas and the UK. It builds on strengths that already exist in UK universities and aims to generate a new vitality through nurturing and stimulating research.

Philanthropy

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Turner Kirk Trust
Co-founder & Director
2007 - Present
Cambridge, UK
The Turner Kirk Trust is a multi-million-pound trust which supports conservation, early child development, academic research, and international aid causes in the UK and developing world. It has dispersed over £7 million and is one of the largest private funders of fundamental mathematics research in the UK.

Awards & Endorsements

Hedge Funds Review European Performance Awards
Lifetime contribution to hedge fund industry
2020
London, UK
Ewan Kirk was awarded Editor’s Choice for lifetime contribution to the hedge fund industry. Known as the most respected awards in the European hedge fund industry, the European Performance Awards is an annual prestigious awards ceremony highlighting the leaders and emerging leaders in the industry.
Hedge Funds Review European Performance Awards
Best Global Macro Hedge Fund
2020
London, UK
GAM Systematic was awarded the Best Global Macro Hedge Fund 2020. The GAM Systematic Core Macro fund has been designed to use the team’s existing and proven infrastructure to give investors access to a diversified stream of systematically harvested returns within the macro sector. The core of the fund’s approach is multi-strategy and multi-asset.
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Ewan Kirk’s Education

University of Southampton
PhD, General Relativity
1984 - 1989
University of Cambridge
Part III of Applied Maths Tripos
1983 - 1984
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