Economic studies at the London School of Economics (1995) and Yale University (1997) on a German National Merit Foundation scholarship; PhD at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg in a part-time study program (2002).

Professional experience:

Economist at the Brussels office of the World Bank (1997-2006) in varying roles covering the North Africa, Middle East and Western Balkan regions (areas of focus: regulation of network industries, transport and logistics systems, non-tariff trade barriers, regional integration). Work as freelance consultant: author of a cluster-based locational study for Berlin-Brandenburg, collaborated on studies on Ukraine and Jordan and a yearbook on German foundations (2004-2005). European Commission internship in external trade policy (1996-97).

Daniel’s areas of focus so far at Avenir Suisse are as follows: the situation of the Swiss middle class, migration, country competition, regional development planning, reforms to federalism and economic development in mountain areas.


Schweizer Stiftungswesen im Aufbruch,


Ideen für die Schweiz, 2013

Der strapazierte Mittelstand, 2012

Magnet Schweiz, 2011

Kantonsmonitoring: Raumplanung zwischen Vorgabe und Vollzug, 2010 (zusammen mit Lukas Rühli)

Nationale Infrastruktur im föderalen Geflecht, 2009

Die neue Zuwanderung, 2008 (Hrsg.)