David Harding is the founder and executive chairman of Winton Capital Management, an entrepreneur and an advocate for science education and physics research.
Since graduating from Cambridge University with a first class honors degree in natural sciences specializing in theoretical physics in 1982, Harding has started two of the world's leading alternative investment companies. Winton, which he founded in 1997, is a global leader in financial mathematics and scientific research into financial markets. It currently manages more than $24 billion in assets. In 1987, Harding co-founded Adam Harding & Lueck, one of the first systematic trend-following commodities trading advisors in Europe. It was subsequently bought by the Man Group and remains a FTSE-listed company.
He has made philanthropic donations to causes related to the furthering of science, risk literacy and education in the U.K. and is an honorary fellow of St. Catharine's College, Cambridge. In November 2010, he pledged £20 million to Cambridge University's Cavendish Laboratory to fund the Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability, which funds research in branches of condensed matter physics of relevance to energy capture and storage.
Harding has also endowed the Winton professorship for the public understanding of risk at Cambridge University and the Harding Centre for Risk Literacy at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin.
A board member of the Cambridge University 800th Anniversary Campaign, he is also a member of the boards of the Royal Society Advisory and the Create the Change Campaign, raising money for the Francis Crick Institute. He is also a member of the board and executive committee of the Managed Funds Association.