February 1961 (age 58)
|Alma mater||University of Glasgow|
University of Cambridge
University of Southampton
|Occupation||Investor and businessman|
|Known for||Founder of Cantab Capital Partners|
Ewan Kirk (born February 1961) is a Cambridge-based technology entrepreneur, chief investment officer of GAM Systematic Cantab, and chair of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences.
Early life and career
Kirk studied for a BSc in Natural philosophy and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow before studying Part III of the Mathematical Tripos at the University of Cambridge. He went on to study for a PhD in General relativity at the University of Southampton.
Whilst at university, Kirk founded DaLEK Software, which developed Computer-aided design (CAD) package MicroDraft for Amstrad CPC and PCW computers. After graduation from Southampton, he returned to Cambridge, where he worked as Director at Innovation at science and technology consultancy Scientific Generics.
He was appointed a managing director in 1998 before becoming a Partner in 2000. As a partner, Kirk was responsible for heading up the bank's quantitative technologies group, which tested systematic investment strategies. He oversaw a team of 120 mathematicians, scientists and statisticians responsible for the bank's quantitative technology in Europe.
Cantab Capital Partners
In 2006, he founded Cantab Capital Partners, a science-driven quantitative investment firm in Cambridge. The firm researches, tests and implements systematic investment strategies. It says its work resembles a "scientific research organisation" more than a financial firm.
In 2016, Cantab Capital Partners was acquired by GAM Investments, becoming part of GAM Systematic. At the point of acquisition, Cantab Capital Partners had 56 employees and £4.5bn under management.
In 2013, Kirk and Turner provided a £500,000 endowment to the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences to establish the Turner-Kirk Visiting Fellowship. The fellowship brings international mathematicians to Cambridge.
In 2015, through Cantab Capital Partners, the couple provided a £5 million gift to the University of Cambridge to establish the Cantab Capital Institute for the Mathematics of Information.
In 2019, they provided an additional £250,000 to the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences to establish a fellowship scheme specifically for women mathematicians.
The Trust has also supported renewable energy charity SolarAid and Soton UAV, a research group at the University of Southampton studying how unmanned aircraft can be used to monitor and conserve rural locations.
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