Shada Islam

Independent Advisor & Strategist, Europe


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Shada Islam is an influential Brussels-based specialist on European Union affairs who works independently as a commentator, advisor, analyst and strategist on Europe, Asia, Africa, Geopolitics, Trade, Migration, Inclusion, Diversity and Women’s Empowerment.

Shada is a member of the European Policy Centre’s prestigious Strategic Council and Senior Adviser for Europe in the World programme. Until June 2020, Shada worked as Director of Europe and Geopolitics at Friends of Europe, an influential independent think tank based in Brussels. She now runs her own Brussels-based global strategy and advisory media company, New Horizons Project (NHP).

In 2017, she was selected as one of the 20 most influential women in Brussels by the magazine Politico. She is a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Natolin campus) and is also a Solvay Fellow at the Vrije University Brussel (VUB).