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.
How China can tip the scales on climate change by ‘taming its coal dragon’, among other measures, South China Morning Post, November 12, 2015
Zhao Zhong: Lessons from the Bottom Up, Policy Innovations, September 2, 2014
Rose Niu: Conservation on the Tipping Point, Policy Innovations, August 15, 2014
Now They’re Cooking: SolSource Harnesses the Himalayan Sun, Policy Innovations, June 16, 2014
Ma Jun: Information Empowers, Policy Innovations, February 11, 2013
Zhang Yue: A Call for Discipline in a World Out of Control, Policy Innovations, March 28 2011
Lawyers Without Borders: It’s Time to Globalize the J.D., by Cyrus Habib and John Haffner, The Huffington Post, February 8, 2011
Kongjian Yu: The Art of Survival, Policy Innovations, November 22, 2010
Immigration as a Source of Renewal in Japan, Policy Innovations, January 19, 2010.
Bringing the World to the Rising Sun, Review of Japan’s Open Future, co-authored by John Haffner. Global Asia, June 30, 2009.
Japan in a Post-American World, by John Haffner (2008), The Huffington Post, March 4, 2009.
Yale World Fellows Netcast: Plugged in Planet, December 5, 2008. Click here for Netcast