David Harding

David Harding

Formal First Name
1961 - present

David Harding is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Winton Capital. He is a well-known trend following trader who has established two of the world's leading quantitative investment companies: AHL and Winton. With a background in theoretical physics, Harding utilizes a scientific approach in investing, including quantitative models to pick stocks. He has made philanthropic donations to causes related to the promotion of science, risk literacy, and education in the United Kingdom.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Harding had an early interest in investing as a result of his father’s influence, a horticulturist who enjoyed betting on the markets. 
  • Early in his career, he took a job at Sabre Fund Management where he designed trading systems.
  • His philanthropy focuses on promoting scientific research and science education.



  • Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability at the Cavendish Laboratory
  • Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication at Cambridge University
  • Winton Chair for the Public Understanding of Risk at Cambridge University
  • Harding Center for Risk Literacy at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin
  • Winton Exoplanet Fellowship Program
  • Maths Gallery at the Science Museum in London