Shada Islam

Brussels-based specialist on European Union affairs

Shada Islam is a respected and well-known Brussels-based commentator on European Union affairs who now works independently as an advisor/analyst/strategist and commentator on Europe Africa Asia Geopolitics Trade and Inclusion.

Shada worked for nine years 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 media, strategy and advisory company, New Horizons Project.

Shada is Senior Advisor at the European Policy Centre and Non-Resident Fellow at the Centre for Global Development. She is a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Natolin) and a Solvay Fellow at the Vrije University Brussel (VUB).

Shada is also on the Brussels advisory committee of Women in International Security (WIIS) as well as the advisory committee of Migrant Women Connectors. She is a member of the informal Brussels-based “People of Colour” network.

In 2017, Shada was selected as one of the 20 most influential women in Brussels by the magazine Politico.