Florian Otto


  • Europe

Florian manages a team of analysts covering political, operational and security risks in Europe, the countries of the former Soviet Union and Turkey. He is based in Control Risks’ office in Frankfurt, Germany. Florian has extensive experience in delivering bespoke analysis on political, regulatory, security and integrity issues to clients from a broad range of sectors.

Recent tasks that Florian has worked on include:

  • A comprehensive threat analysis for several sites across Germany.
  • Devising bespoke monitoring and analytical solutions to support clients handle the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • A pre-investment political and regulatory risk report on the energy sector in Spain for a large institutional investor.
  • A market entry report on the operating environment in Italy for a renewables company, analysing the full spectrum of political, regulatory, security and reputational risks.
  • A macro-level insider threat assessment focusing on the threat landscape in Germany and Norway. 
  • A security threat assessment for a major European financial institution, covering the full spectrum of current and potential future threats to the organisation and its personnel.

    Prior to joining Control Risks, Florian headed the Europe and Central Asia research team at Verisk Maplecroft, a UK-based global risk analysis company. He provided risk assessments to commercial subscribers, and produced bespoke reports and consulting projects for clients in the extractive, financial, retail, pharmaceutical, agricultural and telecommunications sectors. He also directed Maplecroft’s thought leadership and content development on political risk, with a particular focus on the extractives industries. 

    Florian holds a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London. His doctoral thesis focused on media coverage of warnings of intra-state conflict, and was part of Foresight, a European Research Council-funded project examining warning processes. Florian’s research has been published in various peer-reviewed journals. Prior to commencing his research, Florian completed an MA in War Studies at King’s College London and received his MA in Political Science, History and Public Law from the University of Heidelberg.

    Florian is a native German and fluent English speaker.  

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