Daniel served as NRGI's president and CEO from 2013 until February 2020, when he assumed the role of chief advisor. An economist, Daniel is a pioneer in the field of governance and anticorruption worldwide. He has held leadership positions in the field, and has, with his teams, devised innovative approaches to measure and analyze governance. He has deep practical experience in providing high-level policy advice and helping countries in all regions of the world to formulate and carry out governance reforms in areas such as anticorruption, transparency and natural resources. He has also extensively researched other topics such as economic development, political economy, investment, privatization and urban and labor economics.
He was a member of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative international board from 2013 to 2019, serving two full terms, and serves in various international advisory boards, including the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Group on Anticorruption and Integrity and the Inter-American Development Bank’s President High-Level Advisory Group on Transparency. Previously, he was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he remains a nonresident senior fellow. Prior to that, he was a director at the World Bank Institute, leading the work on governance and anticorruption. He has advised leaders in government, international organizations and civil society on governance matters and has been widely published in academic and policy journals and in the media on various areas of economics and governance.
In major policy circles and the international media, he is associated with such innovations as the Worldwide Governance Indicators, the Resource Governance Index, released in June 2017, and the study and analysis of “legal corruption” and state capture.
He is often featured as a guest expert in major media outlets, and has authored articles in the Financial Times, Finance & Development and other leading publications.
Most recently, he has written about how East Asia and Latin America's economic prospects hinge crucially on good governance and corruption control; and another piece focused on the U.S. withdrawal from EITI and what it means for global governance. He has also written about the global fight against corruption in the wake of the repeal in the U.S. of Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act; subnational governance in extractives; state capture and legal and illegal corruption; and corruption trends in Latin America, among other topics. His work is extensively cited, as in last year's World Bank Development Report: Governance and the Law.
Daniel, a Chilean, received an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics at Harvard, and a B.A. in economics and statistics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Follow him on Twitter.