Sir David Harding

Founder and Executive Chair

Sir David Harding has been at the forefront of systematic investment management for more than 40 years. He has founded two successful investment management companies: the first, AHL, was sold to Man Group in 1994; he launched the second, Winton, in 1997.

David’s philanthropic interests focus on funding scientific research and the communication of scientific ideas. In February 2019, David’s foundation gave $130 million to Cambridge University, part of which funds the Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholars Programme. Other notable gifts include donations to the Cavendish Laboratory, the Max Planck Institute in Berlin and the Science Museum in London. David and his wife Claudia are signatories of the Giving Pledge, a commitment to give away more than half their wealth during their lifetimes.

David was recognised for his services to philanthropy with the title of Knight Bachelor in the Queen’s 2022 New Year Honours List.

David sits on the Advisory Board of the Royal Society, the University of Cambridge Development Board, and is an honorary Fellow of the Science Museum, and of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge.

A graduate of Cambridge University, David received a first-class Honours degree in natural sciences, specialising in theoretical physics.

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