Dr. Mao is a pioneer in co-working space sector in China, with a wealth of experience and know-how in both business management of blue-chip companies and project delivery in real-estate sector across the diverse regions in Asia. He started the career in 2008 with Temasek Holding, where he led the China operation at the company’s headquarters in Singapore.
During his 14-year tenure in senior roles with CapitaLand, Asia’s largest real-estate investment company, Dr. Mao led the development and operation of Beijing Raffles City, a large commercial complex and Raffles City China Fund. He also spearheaded the rapid expansion of Ascott service apartment, establishing a solid foothold and reputation of the brand in China. During 2009-2015 at Vanke Group, Mao led the Chinese real-estate conglomerate headquartered in Shenzhen through exponential growth, achieving an unprecedented sales record in excess of US$3 billion.
Dr. Mao founded his first venture Ucommune in 2015, combining his expertise in both commercial and residential property to deliver premium experiences for small medium enterprises and a connected business community that serves the need of increasingly mobile entrepreneurs. Backed by renowned institutional investors such as Sequoia Capital, Zhen Fund and Noah Wealth Management, Ucommune is inarguably a unicorn. His primary focus is to grow the business-servicing capacity and integration of the platform, and to continuously increase the footprints in China and beyond. His vision is to create a connected community infused with creativity and dynamism where those from the parallel world can meet.
Mao has a Bachelor of Architecture at Southeast University China and a PhD of Regional Economics at Peking University. He is a Visiting Professor of a number of leading academic institutes in China, among which Chinese Academy of Sciences and Tsing Hua University. In the meanwhile, he is an honorary member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and a registered architect.