The son of a Holocaust survivor and a Mexican Jew, Daniel was born in 1968 and raised in Mexico City where he began his education in Hebrew, English, Spanish, and Yiddish. As a teenager, he moved with his family to the U.S. and soon began is entrepreneurial ventures. During his college years he studied abroad in Israel and began developing relationships with Israeli and Palestinian friends. At Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, the seeds of PeaceWorks, OneVoice’s parent organization, were planted as Daniel wrote his 268-page thesis, “The Influence of Economic Factors in Resolving the Arab-Israeli Conflict.”
Daniel earned his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1993. While deciding whether to go into legal practice or consulting, Daniel was awarded the Haas Koshland Fellowship to write about legislative means to foster joint ventures between Arabs and Israelis. He conducted his research in the Middle East and subsequently published “Incentives for Peace and Profits: Federal Legislation to Encourage U.S. Enterprises to Invest in Arab-Israeli Joint Ventures” in the Michigan Journal of International Law. In 1994, while carrying out his research in Israel, Daniel discovered a delicious sundried tomato product that, along with plans for Arab-Israeli economic cooperation, provided the foundation for PeaceWorks, Inc. PeaceWorks is a "not-ONLY-for-profit"™ business corporation pursuing both peace and profit. Its flagship brand– Meditalia –is made through cooperative ventures among neighbors striving to co-exist in the Middle East.
In the fall of 2000, Daniel began to research creative ways to amplify the voice of ordinary citizens in the Middle East, culminating with the creation of OneVoice in 2002. To this day, Daniel remains deeply involved in the vision and strategy of the organization. In 2012, along with the Movement’s senior leadership, Daniel helped to conceive of a “Peoples’ Blueprint” to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict. The “Peoples’ Blueprint” innovatively fuses the grassroots expertise and infrastructure of the OneVoice Movement with tangible socio-economic milestones, aimed at building incremental positive facts towards a just and viable two-state solution.
In parallel with scaling PeaceWorks and running KIND Healthy Snacks, Daniel co-founded Maiyet in 2010, a luxury fashion venture committed to forging partnerships with artisans in some of the world’s developing economies to create product that is unique and luxurious, while promoting self-sufficiency and entrepreneurship.
Daniel has published numerous articles and lectured at the World Economic Forum, the World Bank, the United Nations, and several universities. Awards: 1997: 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow (World Economic Forum) 2003: Outstanding Alumnus Award (Trinity University) 2004: Peace, Reconciliation, and Security Award (World Association of NGOs) 2005: PeaceMakers Award (Catholic Theological Union) 2006: Young Leaders Forum Fellow (National Committee for United States-China Relations) Social Capitalist Award (Monitor Group & Fast Company Magazine) 2007: Young Global Leader (World Economic Forum) 2008: Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and $1,000,000 grant to the PeaceWorks Foundation 2009: “America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs” (BusinessWeek Magazine) “25 Responsibility Pioneers” (TIME Magazine) 2010: “Entrepreneur of the Year” (Entrepreneur Magazine)