Shada Islam is a respected and well-known Brussels-based commentator on European Union affairs who works independently as an advisor/analyst/strategist and commentator on Europe Africa Asia Geopolitics Trade and Inclusion. She runs her own Brussels-based global strategy and advisory company, New Horizons Project. Shada is also a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Natolin) and a Solvay Fellow at the Vrije University Brussel (VUB). In 2017, she was selected as one of the 20 most influential women in Brussels by the magazine Politico. Shada worked for nine years as Director of Europe and Geopolitics at Friends of Europe, an influential independent think tank based in Brussels. Prior to that she was at the European Policy Centre and earlier worked as the EU correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and other international media outlets.