This page shows a selection of speakers at the Forum. For a full list of speakers please see the individual sessions in the programme.
Shada Islam is responsible for policy oversight of Friends of Europe’s initiatives, activities and publications. She has special responsibility for issues related to the Future of Europe, migration, the Asia Programme and the Development Policy Forum. She is Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Natolin) where she teaches Asia-Europe relations and has is a fellow at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). She has been named as one of twenty most influential women in Brussels by Politico.
Shada is the former Europe correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and has previously worked on Asian and migration issues at the European Policy Centre. She is one of the authors of Friends of Europe’s much-read ‘Frankly Speaking’ commentary and is sought after as a speaker, commentator, columnist and moderator at high-level European and global events. She also continues to write on EU foreign and security policy, EU-Asia relations and trade and development issues for leading Asian, European and international publications and academic journals.
Mario Oetheimer is a member of the Agency’s Opinions Committee and coordinates exchanges between the Agency and the Council of Europe.
His areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include: data protection and freedom of expression; disability and human rights; the European Court of Human Rights. He previously worked for the Council of Europe for thirteen years – first with the Council of Europe media division and then with the European Court of Human Rights research division.
He studied law, and is the author of the book Harmonisation of Freedom of Expression in Europe (2001) in French. He has authored several articles on freedom of expression and the European Court of Human Rights.