Daniel started his education in the hospitality industry in 1985 with an apprenticeship as a chef. He then obtained a Bachelor degree in Hotel & Restaurant management from the Hotel Management School Belvoirpark Zuerich, as well as a diploma in Hotel marketing from Cornell University, Ithaca, USA. Resident in Asia since 1992, Daniel has been managing hotels and F&B operations for private owners as well as international hotel chains such as Starwood, Carlson, and Accor; in Vietnam, Singapore, China,
Thailand and Cambodia. In 2009, Daniel obtained a Masters degree in Environmental Management and Technology from the University of North-Western Switzerland, School of Life science. He researched and wrote his master thesis in Amman, Jordan in cooperation with Moevenpick Hotels & Resorts and Intercontinental Hotels. The topic was the inclusion of environmental sustainability considerations during the planning and pre-opening phase of hotels. Daniel created an environmental sustainability specialist company (DKNA) in Bangkok in 2012. Its vision is supporting a future business paradigm in the hospitality and tourism industry in which environmental sustainability is integral. DKNA holds a mandate with leading global environmental sustainability certifications specifically designed for the hospitality and tourism industry. It has conducted trainings and audits for more than 120 properties all over Asia. In his leisure time Daniel hones his body and mind by practicing the teachings of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Nishio Aikido.