Risland's Managing Director, TX, Harvard Alumni Real Estate Board


AMDP ‘17 

Michael Hanschen is an international property development and investment professional with extensive knowledge of the real estate sectors in the United States, China, and Australia. As Senior Managing Director of Risland US Holdings he leads a team of development professionals to acquire, plan, and develop large scale residential and commercial projects in the region. In addition, Michael works closely with local firms to form strategic partnerships that carryout joint venture projects.

Before to joining Risland, Michael was Director of Investment and Development for Matthews Southwest, a Dallas based international development firm with projects in the US, Canada, and the UAE. Prior to returning to the United States he was based in Melbourne, Australia where he played in key role in starting Point Polaris, a Capital Solutions, Development Advisory, and Project Management firm that grew to have over AUD$1.8 billion in end value projects under management. Before moving to Australia, Michael was based in mainland China for 10 years where he managed a full service office for Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL). In his capacity as Managing Director of the Qingdao branch, his office provided investors, developers and occupiers with real estate advisory and agency representation services.

Michael is a graduate of Harvard University’s School of Design AMDP, holds a degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Qingdao University, and a Diploma of Building and Construction Management. He has undertaken Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Estate Master Development Feasibility training courses.

Now residing with his wife and son in his hometown of Dallas, Texas, Michael frequently travels throughout Asia, Australia, and North America. He speaks fluent Mandarin, is conversant in Spanish and never tires from the thrill of learning new markets, cultures and languages.

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