Born and raised in Riyadh, Daanish Masood has lived and worked in New York for 16 years. In 2007, Daanish joined the UN Alliance of Civilizations, a special initiative launched under Kofi Annan, which conceives of and executes experimental projects to investigate the role of identity in violent conflict. Through the Alliance of Civilizations, Daanish has run projects around the world intended to address religious, cultural, and ethnic tensions. In May 2014, he joined BeAnotherLab to develop conflict resolution applications for The Machine to Be Another and create partnerships with researchers, investors, and institutions interested in using the machine. Daanish studied Philosophy at New York University and speaks Arabic, Farsi, and Urdu.