David Missal, born in 1993, grew up in a quiet German town, not far from the Dutch border. During high school, he started covering local news for the student newspaper and local newspaper outlets in his hometown.
After graduating from high school, David left the German idyll – and went to university, for getting a bachelor’s degree in Chinese studies in Berlin. During his studies, he lived in Nanjing, Beijing, Berlin and Hong Kong. David holds a master’s degree in Journalism from The University of Hong Kong.
While living in Hong Kong, David worked as a freelance journalist for the Swiss newspaper “Neue Zürcher Zeitung”. Back in Germany, he organised several campaigns focusing on China’s influence in Germany as well as human rights issues in China.