Daniel Odescalchi is president of Strategic Advantage International, a political consulting firm based in New York state. He is presently working to assist Iraqi political parties which support free-market economic policies. He has created the Iraqi Prosperity Project with the Center for International Private Enterprise to teach party platform development and campaigning. Odescalchi is also working with the Robert Schuman Institute to train and advise political operatives from Ukraine, Serbia, Belarus, Romania, and Croatia.
Odescalchi began consulting for the new democratic parties in Eastern Europe in 1992. He consulted for the Prime Minister of Hungary, the Hungarian Democratic Forum, the Democratic Convention in Romania, the Party of Co-existence in Slovakia, and the Alternative Council of Ministers in Bosnia Herzegovina. He founded the Survival in a Democracy Project that assisted new democratic parties in Eastern Europe in learning the skills necessary to build and maintain political support. Odescalchi raised the funds for the project by working with 13 international organizations, including the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Westminster Foundation.
An expert on voter trends in emerging democracies, he has spoken extensively on the topic at the Atlantic Council Meetings in Budapest, the European Democrat Union Conference in Berlin, and others. While residing in Eastern Europe, Odescalchi was a frequent columnist for English-language newspapers. In late 1995 he returned to the United States to become deputy national political director for the presidential bid of Republican Steve Forbes. During the last two Republican presidential primaries, Odescalchi traveled the United States assisting local state party organizations.
Odescalchi is a contributing author to the Handbook of Political Marketing. He is also assisting a cement manufacturer in securing permits from the EPA and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. He has recently been invited to join the board of the Journal of Political Marketing.
Odescalchi loves to play jazz piano and has his own recording studio. He and his wife Lee live in New York state.