Daniel completed a doctorate in economics from the Australian National University, with a thesis titled Essays on the Economics of Education in Indonesia, in 2010. He also holds a masters degree in economics from the University of Toronto, and graduated summa cum laude in economics (minor in computer science) from Brandon University.
Daniel conducts applied economics research in the areas of education, poverty and social policy. His work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals, including American Economic Journal: Applied Economics and Journal of Development Economics. His research has informed policy discussions at the Indonesian Vice President’s Office, Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture, Australian Aid Program and the World Bank. Daniel is currently the Deputy Team Leader of the RISE Programme in Indonesia. Daniel is also an honorary lecturer at the Australian National University, a member of the expert roster at the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), and an assessor for the Australian Research Council.
Before returning to SMERU, Daniel was the research manager at INOVASI, an education project in Indonesia (2016-2017). Prior to that, Daniel led the Research to Impact unit at the Center for International Forestry Research (2013-2016) and was a research fellow at the Australian National University (2010-2013).