The fact that she feels part of both Europe and Asia at the same time is actually something of a competitive edge, says Shada Islam. You are simply taken more seriously by both sides if you can show that you are at home in both cultures. Islam considers it a “lucky coincidence” that her father was sent as a senior Pakistani diplomat to Brussels when she was young and that she became an “accidental European” as a result. She pursues her goal of strengthening the dialogue between Europe and Asia as a journalist, think-tanker, and academic.
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