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Julian Ha is practice leader of Heidrick & Struggles’s Government Affairs and Trade Association practices. He specializes in recruiting and assessing CEOs, general counsels and senior-level corporate, external and government affairs talent for Fortune 500 companies, associations and social enterprise organizations. Julian is also a member of the firm's Legal and CEO & Board of Directors Practices. Given his international experience, Julian specializes in cross-border placements.
Prior to executive search, Julian advised American, European and Asian companies from a legal, banking, venture capital and operational perspective. Julian trained as a corporate lawyer and has practiced in New York, Washington D.C., London and Singapore. As a lawyer for Paul Weiss, Baker & McKenzie and Linklaters, he advised global corporations on their IPOs, private equity investments and cross-border M&A transactions.
Julian gained direct investment experience as executive vice president with DDL, a London-based venture capital fund, where he was responsible for portfolio management. His operational experience was derived from being director of European business development for CapitalKey Advisors and Capital IQ, a corporate finance boutique and private equity research firm backed by Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan Chase and Dresdner Bank. He has also been a director of corporate finance at Evolution Securities China Limited, an investment bank with offices in London, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Julian has extensive Boardroom experience. He has served on the Board of China Recycling Energy Corporation (CREG), a NASDAQ-listed company where he chaired CREG’s compensation committee, and Propulsys, a privately-held, precision manufacturing company with operations in the US, Germany and China. Julian also has wide-ranging Association and Non Profit board experience – he is currently a board member of the Public Affairs Council, US-ASEAN Business Council and the National Association of Corporate Directors – Capital Area Chapter. Julian also serves on the global Board of AESC which represents the entire retained executive search and leadership consulting profession.
Julian received his bachelors degree from Cornell University, his masters degrees from the London School of Economics and Harvard University and his JD from The NYU School of Law. He attained a Certificate in Corporate Finance from London Business School and holds a NACD Certificate of Director Education.