Otilia 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.