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Ewan Kirk

Cambridge, UK

President

GAM Systematic | Cantab

Ewan Kirk

Biography

Dr. Ewan Kirk is a technology entrepreneur, 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 also 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.

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 Charitable 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

Drones developed in Southampton to monitor dangerous areas and volcanoes

Southampton students have been building drones in the fight against climate change and poaching...It was funded with a £15,000 donation from former student and technology entrepreneur Dr Ewan Kirk. The programme will fund three groups of fourth-year students within the engineering department at Southampton University. Their research will focus on ways to improve the efficiency and extend the battery life of drones.

Drones research to support the environment nets £15,000 donation

The programme is being run by the University of Southampton, whose alumni include Turner-Kirk Charitable Trust Director Dr Ewan Kirk. “In the future, it is totally possible that remote and hostile environments worldwide will be constantly monitored by UAVs, feeding back live data to environmental agencies, so we can track our global ecosystem in real-time,” said tech entrepreneur Kirk. “The application of technology is vital to mitigating environmental changes and the conservation of endangered animals, and universities, which are hotbeds for ideas and innovation, have an important role to play in developing the technology needed.”

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Ewan Kirk’s Background

President
Oct 2016 - Present
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.
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.
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Other Business Interests

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

Turner-Kirk Charitable Trust logo Turner-Kirk Charitable Trust logo
Turner-Kirk Charitable Trust
Co-founder
2007 - Present
Cambridge, UK
The Turner-Kirk Charitable Trust supports STEM, education and conservation causes in the UK and developing world. Recent projects include the Turner-Kirk UAV Research Programme to use unmanned aircraft to monitor and protect remote environmental locations; the Turner-Kirk Fellowship for leading women mathematicians; and a programme to distribute solar lights to off-grid rural locations in Africa.

Ewan Kirk’s Education

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