Nadia Hadad, Belgium
Nadia is passionate for everyone to have access to Independent Living, no matter which part of the world they live in. Her work leads her back to her roots in Africa, where the UN CRPD and Independent Living advocacy are yet to make a real difference.
Nadia’s origins lie in Morocco, the country of her parents, where she spent a part of her teenage years. She became an anti-discrimination activist at a young age. Returning to Belgium to complete her secondary education, she studied civil engineering and specialized in mechanical conception and water resourcing. She also studied human ecology, environment coordination and philosophy. Nadia 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 rehabilitation 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 also worked as an international policy officer for the Platform for Disability and Development Cooperation (PHOS). Nadia is currently on the Board of GRIP (Equal Rights for Each Person with a Disability) and a number of other organisations. She is a member of the Belgian Supervising Commission within the independent mechanism for the implementation and monitoring of the UN CRPD in Belgium, a member of the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) and of the Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) Advisory Panel. Since 2013, Nadia has been a Board member of ENIL and in 2017 was elected to the Board and the 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.