Russia, geopolitics and political risks. And why it matters for your business (Geopolitical Lectures Series)

Category: Alumni Events
8 June 2020
19.00 - 22.00
Online (via ZOOM)

In this session, Otilia Dhand will give us insights in the foreign policy of Russia and its origins. She will share some tricks of political risk forecasting to help you gauge what's coming for your business when doing business in Russia.


Russia has pursued assertive foreign policy to rebuild its global power status. This policy is motivated by the belief that the unipolar world will soon give way to a global structure of regional powers and Russia wants to secure a place at the top table. However, this creates tensions and clashes of interests with other powers, including, but not limited to the United States and the EU.

In the near to medium-term future, this dynamic will continue and have significant implications for many businesses doing business in Russia and with Russian companies. Sanctions, supply chain disruptions, and rising transaction costs are just some examples of what to watch out for. Otilia Dhand will share some tricks of political risk forecasting trade to help you gauge what's coming your way before it hits your business.

Participants will also receive a copy of the book: “The Idea of Central Europe” by Otilia Dhand.


6.30 PM: Welcome
7.00 PM: Start of the session
9.00 PM: Networking


Dr. Otilia Dhand is Senior Vice President at Teneo. She specializes in political risk of Central and Eastern European countries, including Russia and Ukraine. Otilia’s research on the current affairs of central and Eastern European countries is frequently quoted in international media including: The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN and news agencies Reuters and Bloomberg. Dr. Dhand frequently participates in live commentaries and expert debates in broadcasts of the BBC, Bloomberg TV, Sky News, CNBC and CNN. She has authored blogs and articles that have been featured in The Financial Times’ “Beyond BRICs” section, and Business New Europe magazine.

Prior to joining Teneo, she was a CEE Region Analyst at Eurasia Group, and previously worked for the Economist Intelligence Unit, compiling global indexes in its custom research unit. Earlier in her career, she held various positions servicing foreign investors entering the market of her native Slovakia. She is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and holds a Ph.D. in the geopolitics of Central Europe from King’s College, London. She also has a master’s degree in Russian and East European Studies from St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from Matej Bel University in Slovakia.

Otilia is a regular speaker at varied forums ranging from foreign policy professionals to investors. In 2015, her speaking engagements took place in New York, Paris and Hong Kong. Her book on the geopolitics of Central and Eastern Europe was published in late 2016.  


This event is part of our Geopolitical Lectures Series. Discover the full programme of this series here.


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