Ewan Kirk

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Ewan Kirk
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Born
Ewan Kirk

February 1961 (age 58)
ResidenceCambridge
NationalityBritish
Alma materUniversity of Glasgow
University of Cambridge
University of Southampton
OccupationInvestor and businessman
Known forFounder of Cantab Capital Partners
Websitewww.cantabcapital.com

Ewan Kirk (born February 1961)[1] is a Cambridge-based technology entrepreneur, chief investment officer of GAM Systematic Cantab, and chair of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences.[2][3]

He is best known for founding Cantab Capital Partners, a quantitative investment management firm.[4]

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Swindon, England, Kirk was brought up in Glasgow, Scotland.[5] He attended Greenfaulds High School in Cumbernauld, Scotland.[6]

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.[7] He went on to study for a PhD in General relativity at the University of Southampton.[7]

Whilst at university, Kirk founded DaLEK Software, which developed Computer-aided design (CAD) package MicroDraft for Amstrad CPC and PCW computers.[8] After graduation from Southampton, he returned to Cambridge, where he worked as Director at Innovation at science and technology consultancy Scientific Generics.[8]

Career[edit]

Goldman Sachs[edit]

In 1992, Kirk joined Goldman Sachs, initially working in commodities before moving to currencies.[9] He said he was hired into Goldman Sachs because of his background in computer programming.[9]

He was appointed a managing director in 1998 before becoming a Partner in 2000.[9] As a partner, Kirk was responsible for heading up the bank's quantitative technologies group, which tested systematic investment strategies.[9] He oversaw a team of 120 mathematicians, scientists and statisticians responsible for the bank's quantitative technology in Europe.[10]

Cantab Capital Partners[edit]

In 2006, he founded Cantab Capital Partners, a science-driven quantitative investment firm in Cambridge.[11] The firm researches, tests and implements systematic investment strategies.[12] It says its work resembles a "scientific research organisation" more than a financial firm.[12]

Most of the members of the team hold advanced degrees in mathematics, physics, statistics or computer science.[13] The company has links with the University of Cambridge.[13]

In 2016, Cantab Capital Partners was acquired by GAM Investments, becoming part of GAM Systematic.[13] At the point of acquisition, Cantab Capital Partners had 56 employees and £4.5bn under management.[13]

Philanthropy[edit]

In 2007, Ewan Kirk and his wife Dr. Patricia Turner founded the Turner-Kirk Charitable Trust.[6] It provides funds to STEM, education and conservation causes in the UK and Developing World.[8]

Mathematics[edit]

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.[6]

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.[14]

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.[15]

Other[edit]

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.[6][16]

Personal life[edit]

Kirk is married and has two daughters.[6] He lives in Cambridge.[6] He has been described as a fan of music, professional cycling and film.[6]

Kirk has invested in a number of start-up businesses in Cambridge and London.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ewan Mckinnon KIRK – Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House)". Companies House, Government of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Oxford business school to teach algorithmic trading". Financial Times. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Interview: Dr Ewan Kirk on research, philanthropy and the Kirk Distinguished Visiting Fellowships scheme | Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences". www.newton.ac.uk. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Cantab Quant Fund `Right' to Trust Computers: Ewan Kirk". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  5. ^ Alden, William. "Forging Its Own Path, British Hedge Fund Finds Success". DealBook. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "Ewan Kirk Crunchbase". Crunchbase.
  7. ^ a b "Meet the Team". Share title EN. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  8. ^ a b c "Ewan Kirk". THE MARQUE. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  9. ^ a b c d "Silicon Fen's Hedge Fund". thehedgefundjournal.com. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  10. ^ "I interviewed with 22 people to get a job at Goldman Sachs. But a computer could have done a better job". eFinancialCareers. 16 January 2017. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Hedge fund Cantab Capital snapped up by Swiss wealth firm GAM". London Evening Standard. 29 June 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  12. ^ a b "Company Overview Cantab Capital". Cantab Capital Partners.
  13. ^ a b c d gam.com. "GAM announces acquisition of Cantab Capital Partners". gam.com. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  14. ^ Fletcher, Laurence. "Hedge Fund Cantab Backs Big Data Institute at Cambridge University". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  15. ^ "Kirk Distinguished Visiting Fellows | Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences". www.newton.ac.uk. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  16. ^ "Soton UAV | Projects". www.sotonuav.uk. Retrieved 27 September 2019.