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Ewan Kirk

Cambridge, UK

Chief Investment Officer

GAM Systematic | Cantab

Ewan Kirk


Dr. Ewan Kirk is a technology entrepreneur, CIO 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

Dr Ewan Kirk on research, philanthropy and the Kirk Distinguished Visiting Fellowships scheme

Launched in January 2019, the Isaac Newton Institute now proudly hosts the Kirk Distinguished Visiting Fellowship scheme. Designed to support and promote underrepresented groups in mathematics, the recipients so far are all women mathematicians of the highest regards. In the first of a series of interviews, we spoke to the philanthropist whose generous six-figure donation has made the project possible: Dr Ewan Kirk.

Top hedge fund manager warns quant funds are becoming utilities

If you’re a quant who aspires to work on the buy-side today, you might be tempted by the big money on offer at big funds like Bridgewater or aspire to work for a niche fund like BlueCove... Speaking at today’s Quant Conference in London, Cantab founder and chief investment officer Ewan Kirk said it’s becoming very difficult to set up a new quant fund due to the elevated costs associated with the industry.

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Ewan Kirk’s Background

Chief Investment Officer
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 and Chief Investment Officer
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.


Turner-Kirk Charitable Trust logo Turner-Kirk Charitable Trust logo
Turner-Kirk Charitable Trust
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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