Who we are

Focus

At P Hafner, we strive to deliver exceptional service to help our clients achieve their goals. P Hafner is dedicated to providing effective and tailored hands-on advice to firms and entrepreneurial individuals who are seeking to improve their strategic positions.

Our expertise in corporate governance and impact investments, especially as these areas apply to non-listed family firms, is guided by our commitment to excellence.

Importantly, we work with our clients to establish a sustainable, personable, and professional relationship that creates a basis of trust to ensure that your firm’s goals and objectives and our efforts are mutual and shared.

Values

Trust and Integrity
Trust and integrity are our key motivators. These values are at the core of everything we do to help our clients achieve best possible results.

Tailored and Human Centered
Our services are individually developed for each unique situation. We view ventures, business families, and family firms ultimately like human beings, requiring care, attention, and guidance.

Drive for Excellence and Innovation
We love quality work. Technological development to facilitate our clients’ wellbeing, sustainable actions, and pragmatism in decision-making –as well as being proactive– are part of our DNA.

Passion always pays off

A Message from Pablo Hafner

Overall, I consider myself a very fortunate person because I could have -so far- a very enriching life.

I was born in Argentina in 1966 to a Swiss family. My passions were swimming and trying to invent anything I could during my spare time. As a swimmer, I trained daily from the age of six to recover from physical disabilities. I slowly improved and later became a member of the national team until I was 20. My entrepreneurial attitude, multicultural mindset, and work ethic have been an integral part of me ever since.

I earned an undergraduate degree engineering, graduate in management and later a doctorate in economics. I joined top-notch companies that enabled me to live and work across the globe. Leading these international companies in varied industries and markets allowed me great opportunities to experience different cultures and learn new languages as well as to expand my endless curiosity to venture into new territories.

As an entrepreneur, I have embarked on several business ventures. Even as a little boy, I used to trade everything possible. Later, at age 16, a schoolmate and I started a small repair shop for home appliances in Argentina.

In adult age I started four other ventures: a bike share company in Spain, a software package in Switzerland, and lately I partnered with two young entrepreneurs in Spain who were active in an insect-based food (foodtech) company and an industrial design (greentech) venture in Switzerland. It is my pleasure to report that all these ventures are, in one way or another, still up and running.

Aiming to increase my knowledge, I dedicated several years to researching entrepreneurship and governance. I had the great opportunity to study at the University of St Gallen in Switzerland and at McGill University in Canada. This research, complemented by practice, is the basis for several academic articles and books chapters I have written.

Now, I use my professional experience to mentor others in their quest to create impactful businesses and make them sustainable. Since 2010, my company, P Hafner, based in Zurich, has offered individualized advice in governance, investments, and management to family-owned firms. At P Hafner, we would be honored to put our knowledge to work to strengthen the management of your family firm.

Pablo Hafner on LinkedIn