Daniel provided invaluable administrative support during the research phases of the ALS. All through the project the ALS Team faced significant challenges of communication across international boundaries, time zones, languages and cultures. His role in organizing and facilitating our conferences and travel arrangements made space for the group to work together. During that period we used a private ALS Website and Forum specifically designed to support the ongoing collaborative communication that was needed for every step of the process. Daniel set up and managed those for us. His facility with French, his roots in Mali, his expertise with technology and his international travel experience made him ideally suited for this vital cross cultural communication work.