Daniel Odescalchi is president of Strategic Advantage International, a political consulting firm in New York. Recently Odescalchi began working with political parties in Lebanon. He has assisted Iraqi political parties that support free market economic policies and has also helped Iraqi Chambers of Commerce to develop advocacy programs. He taught party platform development and campaigning for the Center for International Private Enterprise. In addition, Odescalchi is working with the Robert Schumann Institute to train and advise political operatives from Ukraine, Serbia, Belarus, Romania, and Croatia.
An expert on voter trends in emerging democracies, Odescalchi has spoken extensively on the topic on many occasions including at the Atlantic Council Meetings in Budapest and the European Democratic Conference in Berlin. Odescalchi has consulted for the prime minister of Hungary and the Hungarian Democratic Forum, the Democratic Convention in Romania, the Party of Co-existence in Slovakia, and the Alternative Council of Ministers of Bosnia and 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 USIS, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and the Westminster Foundation.
He is also president of Electric Reels Productions which specializes in political advertising. He was deputy national political director for the presidential bid of Republican Steve Forbes and has assisted New York Governor George Pataki. Odescalchi is a contributing author to the Handbook of Political Marketing and presently provides government relations assistance to corporate clients.