Nadia Hadad, Belgium
Nadia’s origins lie in Morocco, the country of her parents, where she spent a part of her teenage. She became an anti-discrimination activist since young age. Returning to Belgium to complete her secondary education, she studied civil engineering and specialized in mechanical conception and water resourcing. She degreed also in human ecology, environment coordination and Philosophy. She interned with different NGOs, in India, Ecuador , Cameroon and Palestine, among other, and has worked for the Belgian Technical Cooperation.
In 2003, while working as a cooperation-developer in the rural area of Senegal, Nadia had a car accident and became disabled. After two years of revalidation in Belgium, Nadia took the decision to combine disability and development cooperation as her future career. She joined several organisations and became the Vice President of the Consulting Council for Persons with Disabilities in Brussels. She worked as an international policy officer inside ngo PHOS (Platform Disability and development Cooperation ). She is currently on the Board of GRIP (Equal Rights for Each Person with a Disability), ENIL, EDF, the “Damiaan foundation” at the KUL, the BROG & DOP Brussels. She’s a member of the Belgian Supervising Commission inside the independent mechanism for the implementation and monitoring of the UN CRPD in Belgium, a member of the International Disability and Development Cooperation (IDDC) and member of the advisory panel of the Fundamental Rights Platform of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).
Nadia is involved in the work around the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Since 2013, Nadia has been a Board member of ENIL and in 2017 was elected to the Board and Executive Committee of the European Disability Forum. As a Brussels native, Nadia has helped ENIL move from Dublin to Brussels in 2015, to be closer to the EU institutions.