Daniel majored in Indonesian at Monash University and completed his honours thesis in 2004 on the ideologies underpinning the 2002 Bali bombings. In 2007, he completed the final semester of his LLB on exchange at Universitas Indonesia, before interning at Hadiputranto, Hadinoto and Partners. In 2008, he interpreted and translated for the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine in Timor-Leste as it conducted a forensic investigation into the Santa Cruz massacre of 1991. Following admission to legal practice, Daniel worked as an Indonesian language legal translator, taught Indonesian and Global Politics, before completing stints at the Sampoerna Foundation (in Jakarta) and the Australia-Indonesia Centre at Monash University. Daniel currently works at ACU's Institute of Religion, Politics & Society on SHARIAsource, a shari'a database initiative of the Harvard Law School's Islamic Legal Studies Program.