Maxwell Wappel is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International studies where he concentrated on China Studies with a strong focus on Taiwan related issues. He volunteers as a Director of Student Activities at the Rockville Sister Cities Corporation, working to foster people-to-people ties between Rockville and Yilan, Taiwan. Mr. Wappel is familiar with Hong Kong through his travel there between 2015 and late 2019. He lived and worked in the PRC for approximately four years. He currently serves as a Research Fellow at Taiwan NextGen Foundation and is a member of the Formosan Association for Public Affairs.