Active in philanthropy since 2007, Ewan and his wife, Dr. Patricia Turner, founded the Turner-Kirk Trust, which supports STEM, research and conservation causes. It is one of the largest private funders of fundamental mathematics research in the UK. In 2015, through Cantab Capital Partners, the couple provided a £5m gift to the University of Cambridge to establish the Cantab Capital Institute for the Mathematics of Information. In 2019 a further gift of £250,000 made possible the establishment of the Kirk Distinguished Visiting Fellowship. This initiative has been designed to support underrepresented groups within mathematics, with the recipients in its inaugural year all being women scientists of the highest calibre. He is also a key member of INI’s Development Board, the goal of which is to raise funds to support the Institute’s research activities.
A technology entrepreneur, he founded science-driven investment management firm Cantab Capital Partners in 2006. Resembling a research organisation, Cantab uses data science to test and implement systematic investment strategies. It was acquired by GAM in 2016, where he currently serves as CIO of GAM Systematic Cantab. Prior to Cantab, Ewan led teams at Goldman Sachs and Generics Group, responsible for leveraging science and mathematics to drive innovation in quantitative finance and business. He is also a seed investor in technology startups in London and Cambridge.
He holds a PhD in Mathematics (General Relativity) from the University of Southampton, a Certificate in Advanced Study in Applied Mathematics from the University of Cambridge and has achieved a First Class degree in Natural Philosophy and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow.
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