Managing Director, Gübelin Gem Lab
A geologist by formation, Daniel spent the fieldwork studies portion of his master’s thesis investigating the geology of the granulites in the Limpopo belt in Southern Africa, a project overviewed by Jan Kramers. Following that, he worked on a joint research project on superconductors at the IBM Research Lab in Rüschlikon, Zurich, together with Georg J. Bednorz (nobel prize in physics, 1987).
Back at the University of Berne, he completed his PhD in mineralogical crystallography under Thomas Armbruster, looking at steric and electronic stress situations in mineral structures and their influence on reactivity and atomic ordering.
He then joined an international management consultancy, where he worked for several years as a strategy consultant. In 2003, Daniel took over the position of Managing Director of the Gübelin Gem Lab.