Daniel Odescalchi
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Odescalchi is president of Strategic Advantage International, a political consulting firm based in New York State. He has worked with political parties in Lebanon, Iraq, Eastern Europe, and the U.S. He is presently also policy and media advisor for BetterLeadershipAmerica.org, a policy advocacy group.


He has assisted the Center for International Private Enterprise in teaching Iraqi political parties to develop party platforms and run campaigns. He has also assisted Iraqi Chambers of Commerce in developing advocacy programs. Odescalchi is working with the Robert Schumann Institute to train and advise political operatives from Ukraine, Serbia, Belarus, Romania, and Croatia.


He 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 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 USIS, 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 other occasions.


Odescalchi was deputy national political director for the presidential bid of Republican Steve Forbes and assisted NYS Governor George Pataki. He also is president of Electric Reels Productions, which specializes in political advertising. Odescalchi is a contributing author to the Handbook of Political Marketing and presently provides government relations assistance to corporate clients.