Daniel is a South African Rhodes Scholar, Allan Gray Fellow, and DPhil (PhD) candidate in International Relations at the University of Oxford. He holds three degrees, has four years of award-winning experience at the highest levels of student leadership, and spent half a year working with the One South Africa Movement (now Build One South Africa), directly with the former Leader of the Opposition in South Africa, Mmusi Maimane. He strives to improve prospects for sustainable and inclusive development in Africa through his research into the politics of multinational energy cooperation, specifically looking at African states’ cross-border trade in electricity via regional power pools. He has presented at multiple reputable energy conferences, including the Africa Energies Summit and the Africa Energy Forum’s Youth Energy Summit (for which he serves on the Global Advisory Board). 

Daniel has consistently performed at the highest academic levels in three fully-funded degrees: a Master’s degree in International Relations from Oxford, an Honour’s degree in the same discipline from the University of Cape Town (UCT), and a Bachelor’s degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from UCT. Concurrently with these degrees, he has provided research/teaching assistance to various academics. Additionally, he has served in multiple senior student leadership roles, including as a member of UCT’s Students’ Representative Council, and earned multiple awards for his efforts, which include building UCT’s largest student-run entrepreneurship competition (“The Pitch”). His other extracurricular involvements include various sporting, musical, and service endeavours.