Michael Mai, the 33-year-old managing director of ICD Property, got his first taste of business at the age of just six years old. His father, Boliang Mai – a successful Chinese businessman and President of one of China’s oldest and most respected international companies, CIMC – would take Michael along to business meetings and introduce him to his associates and business partners. “My father would always introduce me to his colleagues and afterwards he would talk me through company deals and discuss the philosophies behind running a business. It’s not hard to imagine that pretty soon I had developed a keen interest in the business world myself. “Through his mentorship and networking I had the honour to learn not only about business but also stories of personal success and inspiration from some of the most successful business men and women in China.

Moving to Melbourne in his teens to attend one of Melbourne’s finest private schools, Scotch College, he rapidly developed a love of the city’s intricate weaving of cultures, community and passion for life all rolled into one. “Over my years in Melbourne I had grown fond of the unique streetscapes and beautiful buildings, the city grid and its tucked-away laneways. After completing tertiary studies at the University of Melbourne, he decided to remain in Melbourne rather than joining his family’s business empire in China to form ICD Property. “I effectively put everything my father had ever taught me into practice.”

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