Nadia Hadad

Nadia Hadad was born in Belgium to Moroccan immigrants. She lived in Morocco a few years from 1986 for her secondary education. She studied and became a civil engineer in Belgium with her research and internships linked to the adaptation of technologies in development. Nadia worked in different areas from water related projects to forming craftsmen and the exclusion of young people from the normal school, to training and supporting local women groups in technical issues. Nadia’s team produced machines to facilitate daily jobs. Nadia was collaborating with the UNDP to produce along with the locals “Multifunctional Plate-Forms”. Nadia has worked for several NGO’s and governments in among others India, Equator, Palestine, Senegal, Morocco and Cameroun.

On the way to Dakar at the end of 2003 Nadia had a car-accident and was repatriated to Belgium. As a result of the accident she was left tetraplegia, paralyzed completely from her chest down. After rehabilitation Nadia combined disability and development cooperation. She worked for PHOS (Platform Disability and Development cooperation) to install accessible information-portals for persons with disability in South Africa.

Nadia has been a member off several Disability people organizations including among others ENIL, GRIP (Equal Rights for Each Person with a disability) , the Flemish independent living movement, VFG and TOV ( accessibility platform).

Nadia is a board member of several organizations both national and international including ENIL, Onafhankelijk Leven (Budget-holders association for Personal Assistant), PHOS and DOP.

She became the vice president of the Consulting Council for persons with a disability in Brussels.

She’s sitting at Belgian Supervising Commission inside the independent mechanism for the implementation and monitoring of the UN Convention on the Right of persons with Disabilities (CRPD) for GRIP.

With PHOS she became an advocacy manager following European and UN directives to include persons with disability also at the Belgian level. Flanders took disability up as a crosscutting issue and development projects screened on inclusion for people with disability. Nadia has experience in participating in debates and meetings with the ambition to lobby for inclusion.

In May 2017 she has been elected in the EDF Board of Directors and in the EDF Executive Committee. She became also member of the Membership and Credential Committee.