Daniel Gross "was born in 1942 in New York City and raised in Atlanta Georgia where he attended public schools. He was an undergraduate at the University of Chicago and earned a PhD in anthropology (1970) at Columbia University in New York. For nearly 20 years, he was Professor of Anthropology at the City University of New York, Visiting Professor at the University of Brasília, and Program Officer at the U.S. National Science Foundation. Most of his research and writing focuses on human adaptation, diet and nutrition among rural producers and indigenous peoples of Brazil.
"Daniel joined the World Bank in 1989 and worked primarily on investment projects. His project work covers such themes as Environmental Institution Strengthening, Community Forestry, Plantation Forestry, Biodiversity Conservation, Environmental and Social Impact Assessment, Irrigation, Hydropower and Water Storage, Involuntary Resettlement, Slum Upgrading, Public Sanitation, Urban and Rural Transport. Gross has worked in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Guatemala, Paraguay, Cape Verde, Mozambique, India and Maldives. He speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish and some French. Upon retiring from the Bank in 2004, he held the position of Lead Anthropologist.
"Daniel is now an independent consultant." 
- Independent Expert Panel, IUCN-Holcim
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- ↑ The IUCN-Holcim Independent Expert Panel, IUCN, accessed April 22, 2009.