Michael Lai

The solution to the problems in your 'too hard basket', impact investor and co-founder


Michael’s passion of creating strategies and processes to solve intractable problems (by not just thinking but actually standing outside the box) spans 17 years as a former biotechnologist and more recently a human experience design specialist. His scientific rigour combined with a unique creative process has contributed to innovative solutions for over 20 complex and paradoxical problems in 8 private, government and non-profit sectors across Asia and Australia.

Michael is an impact-investor, designer and co-founder of 8 startups in education, food and health. He is a Justice of the Peace. Less well known are his exploits of being the pioneer of ‘hanakami’ – using flower petals to create miniature origami cranes, and his interest in experimental micro-terrariums.