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.
Friso Roscam Abbing
Friso Roscam Abbing heads the EU Fundamental Rights Agency’s department that seeks to instil a fundamental rights culture across the EU. It raises rights awareness through cutting-edge communications and engages with a wide array of diverse stakeholders from the local to international level with targeted assistance and in-depth knowledge that is the hallmark of Europe’s centre of fundamental rights excellence, FRA. He was previously a European Commission spokesman and Cabinet member, and headed the Sector in the Commission dealing with asylum policy. Before that he led the EU Office of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles, a European network of 96 NGOs in 40 European countries protecting and advancing the rights of refugees, asylum seekers and displaced people.