Farhan Rahman oversees Horizon Advisors' sustainability research program. Farhan is currently a Queen Elizabeth Scholar and doctoral candidate (University of Waterloo) working with the Hungry Cities Partnership, a project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. His work involves utilizing multi-disciplinary techniques (combining economics, statistics, GIS, political science, and sociology) to assess the efficiency, equity, and overall sustainability of the food system in Bangalore, India. He is leading a team of associates involved with data-collection and applied research. He is also a peer-reviewer for the Journal of Sustainable Finance and Investment.
Prior to these engagements, Farhan was a researcher/graduate student with the Smart Net-Zero Energy Buildings Research Network (Canada's largest research effort into green buildings) investigating the market-performance of green buildings. He has in addition a decade of policy research experience with Natural Resources Canada, focusing upon bio-fuels, bio-energy, and the bio-economy. Lastly, he has worked in international development projects in South-America, East-Africa, and South-East Asia.
Farhan holds a Master of Development Economics from Dalhousie University, a Master of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo, a Bachelor of Social Science degree from the University of Ottawa (Honors Economics), and a professional certificate in Financial Analysis and Investment Management from the University of Toronto.
This is the first Canadian-based research looking into the valuation of green certification using rigorous quantitative statistical techniques and original and publicly available data. Furthermore, it holds important lessons for municipal authorities with respect to green building valuation beyond Canada as the limitations of current practice go mostly likely beyond the North American context.