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Haizea is currently developed by Borja Sotomayor, a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago. The Haizea system is the brainchild of Borja Sotomayor, Kate Keahey and Ian Foster. The design and main ideas behind the Haizea system were first presented in the paper Combining Batch Execution and Leasing Using Virtual Machines (HPDC, 2008), co-authored by Borja, Kate, and Ian.

Haizea was originally funded, from 2006 to 2008, by NSF grant #509408 "Virtual Playgrounds" as part of the Globus Virtual Workspaces group, headed by Kate Keahey, at Argonne National Laboratory. The Workspaces publications page has an extensive list of papers detailing work on which Haizea builds upon, specially the lease abstraction. From 2008 onwards, development of Haizea was funded by the European Union's FP7 Reservoir project ("Resources and Services Virtualization without Barriers") and by the University of Chicago.

Haizea is kindly hosted at the University of Chicago's PhoenixForge, a collaborative development environment for student projects maintained by the ACM student chapter. Special thanks go out to the ACM student chapter for all their hard work in getting PhoenixForge up and running.

Several people have provided assistance, in one way or another, during the development of Haizea: Javier Fontán, Luis González, Samer Al-Kiswany, Tim Freeman, Ignacio Martín Llorente, Anne Rogers, Rubén Santiago Montero, and Tino Vázquez.