Julian Ha is a partner in the Heidrick & Struggles’ Washington, D.C. office and global managing partner of the Legal, Risk, Compliance & Government Affairs Practice and head of the Association Sector. He is also a member of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and CEO & Board of Directors practices. Julian represents numerous Fortune 500 clients and member-driven organizations and has placed CEOs and senior executives in legal, public policy, government relations, and public affairs roles. Julian co-leads the Heidrick & Struggles’ Professionals of Color Employee Resource Group.


Prior to executive search, Julian practiced corporate law in New York, Singapore, and London and advised multinational corporations on their IPOs, venture capital investments, and cross-border M&A transactions. He has also operated as a venture capitalist in London, headed the European business development efforts of Capital IQ, a financial software company, and was a director in the corporate finance group of ESCL, a British merchant bank.

Julian has extensive boardroom governance experience, having served on the board of China Recycling Energy Corporation (CREG), a NASDAQ listed cleantech company where he chaired CREG’s compensation committee. Julian has also served on the board of a privately held manufacturing business with operations in the US, Europe, and China.

Julian is a frequent speaker on the topics of board governance; diversity, equity, and inclusion, and angel and social impact Investing.


Quantic School of Business & Technology, Executive MBA

National Association of Corporate Directors, Directorship Certified

London Business School, Certificate in Corporate Finance

NYU School of Law, Juris Doctorate

Harvard University, Master's Degree

The London School of Economics, Master's Degree

Cornell University, Bachelor of Arts Degree

Philanthropy and Service

Julian currently serves on the boards of the Public Affairs Council, US-ASEAN Business Council, and AESC which represents the global retained executive search and leadership consulting profession. He is a member of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C.