Hongyu Mao was born to a traditional Shanghainese family in 1983. He went study abroad in The Netherlands in 2003 and then immigrated. Mao has more than 10 years’ experience in trading business and served as China Area Manager in a large trading enterprise group. He has co-founded Virsco Holding Company with his wife. The company currently holds subsidiaries that focus on cross-border e-commerce, general trade, and real estate investment management.

Mao joins Stichting Shanghai Business Association the Netherlands in 2018, with a focus on Sino-Europe investment management, cultural exchange, and development of education.