Dr. Mao began his career in the computer office at the Zigong branch of the People's Bank of China after graduation. He then moved to the Chuannan Corporation of the Sichuan Xinchao Computer Industry Group for technology development work. In 1996, he became the deputy director of the network office of the computer network information center at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Mr. Wei founded the China Internet Network Information Center, CNNIC, in 1997. He served as a visiting scholar at the University of Maryland in 2002. He successfully sponsored the Shanghai ICANN meeting in 2002. Mao was appointed representative of Asia-Pacific Network Information Center APNIC on December 9, 2005. After two years, in March, 2007, he was elected to be a member of the Executive Council of APNIC.
- On Sep. 24, 2007 Mao Wei attended "China Internet Conference 2007" and delivered a speech with the title of "Governance of Internet Development and Internet Innovation in China".
- On Oct 2, 2008 in Nanjing, Mao Wei attended the meeting on "2012 will have to switch to IPv6" and made a speech.
- In 1988 Mao graduated from Computer Science Department of Sichuan University.
- In 1996 he received a post graduate degree from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Computing Technology.
- Mao started studying for a doctorate degree in 2000.