Nadia Hadad, Belgium, was born in Belgium. She spent part of her childhood in Morocco and returned to Belgium to complete her secondary education. She studied civil engineering and specialized in mechanical conception and water resourcing. She interned with several NGO’s for example in India, Equator and Morocco. She worked for the Belgian Technical Cooperation. In 2003, she travelled to work in Senegal, while her she was in a car accident and became disabled as a result of this. She returned to Belgium and after two years decided to combine disability and development cooperation. She became a member of several DPO’s and NGO’s. As a result of her lobbying work she became the Vice President of the Consulting Council for Persons with Disability. She is also a Board member of the NGO PHOS ( Platform Disability and Development Cooperation), member of IDDC ( International Disability Development Cooperation), of the Belgian Expertise Center Independent Living, of Onafhankelijk Leven ( Budget -holders Association for Personal Assistant). She is also a member of GRIP ( Equal Rights for Each Person with Disability) where she is involved in the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Since 2009 she is also a proud member of the European Network on Independent Living.