President and Founder
John Haffner is a strategy and policy consultant with extensive experience in the clean tech, energy, infrastructure and sustainability sectors. As president of Haffner Group Limited, a Hong Kong-based company he founded in 2011, John provides strategic advice and execution services for clients in both Canada and Asia. He has advised on projects related to energy, water, mining, agriculture, air pollution, and climate change.
Having lived and worked in Canada, China, Japan, and Southeast Asia, John brings an informed global perspective to his work. He has more than 10 years’ experience in the electricity sector, including extensive work for Ontario Power Generation and the Canadian Electricity Association. He was co-leader of a Yale University funded project examining renewable energy in India and the Philippines, co-author of a book on Japan and globalization, and has written numerous articles for policy and law publications on such topics as environmental leadership in China, the regulation of electricity markets, and the economics of nuclear waste management.
John’s education includes two law degrees from McGill University, and he is called to the bar in the Province of Ontario. A 2008 Yale World Fellow, in 2011 John was nominated as an Asia 21 Young Leader by Asia Society. He is proficient in spoken and written Mandarin.