BRUSSELS — Burson Cohn & Wolfe has hired political strategist and commentator Shada Islam as a senior advisor to counsel clients on geopolitical trends.

Islam previously worked as director of Europe and geopolitics at Brussels think tank Friends of Europe. She specialises in European Union affairs, with a focus on Europe’s relations with Asia and Africa, geopolitics and trade, and diversity and inclusion.

As a contributor to publications including the Guardian, Islam is a leading commentator on the EU’s domestic and foreign policy agendas.

BCW Brussels CEO Andrew Cecil – who moved into the role in April this year – said: “As one of Brussels’ most respected thought leaders, we look forward to Shada’s counsel on the geo-political trends shaping today’s policy environment. Her insights and experience will be invaluable to help navigate increasing complex global political dynamics. Shada’s passion for diversity and inclusion will also help guide BCW, how we build our teams, as well as counsel our clients.”

Islam added: “It will be a privilege to collaborate with colleagues across BCW’s impressive global network. There is nothing I like more than exploring and counselling on the politics of the European Union, its multi-faceted interactions with Asia and Africa, and the necessity to build a more diverse and inclusive Europe. I look forward to adding to BCW's international expertise and visibility and partnering with BCW’s teams and clients on these important global issues.”