A self-proclaimed bureaucraphile, Daniel wants to understand how organizational change and innovation within the public sector can lead to better, more equitable public services. His current research looks at city-owned utilities as a way of achieving the transition to renewable energy in Vancouver, Canada.
Before Wagner, he worked for two of the largest companies in the world in the healthcare and energy sectors: Mexico's Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (Social Security Institute, or IMSS) and Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX). While at these state-owned enterprises, he was involved in several successful institutional reforms, including public-private partnerships, transparent procurement and data-driven infrastructure planning.
Daniel previously worked at the Ministry of Finance (SHCP) around subnational tax collection and federal transfers to states and municipalities, and as a consultant for the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank.
He holds a BA in Political Science (with Honors) and a BA in Economics, from ITAM in Mexico, and a Master’s in City Planning from the Massachustts Institute of Technology (MIT). His undergraduate thesis on the Political Economy of Property Tax Collection won several awards. He has one peer-reviewed paper titled "The Political Economy of Municipal Transfers: Evidence from Mexico", with Jeffrey F. Timmons. He has a wife, a dog and a son.