Shada Islam is responsible for policy oversight for initiatives, activities and publications of the Friends of Europe. She is responsible in particular for the Asia Programme and for the Development Policy Forum. Shada is a former Europe correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and previously worked on Asian issues at the European Policy Centre. She is closely involved with initiatives to promote Asia-Europe exchanges including within the context of ASEM (Asia Europe Meetings). As a journalist, Shada has also worked extensively on development questions including relations between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states as well as on world trade, including the Doha Round. Shada continues to write on EU foreign and security policy, EU-Asia relations and trade and development issues for leading Asian, European and international publications.