El Hadj has a MA in English language and literature and a Masters in international relations and diplomacy at the Institute of Political Science International Relations and Communications. El Hadj has more than 10 years of experience in international development and peace building.
He has worked with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office, Timbuktu Renaissance, Caravan to Class, the United States Department of State, the French agency for development, center for civilians in the conflict , Global Integrity and the United Nations.
He has also experienced working with youth movements and youth-focused organizations in conflict and transition environments across sub-Saharan Africa and other countries throughout the world. peace-building Practitioner, civic leadership coach, and grant writer.
He has also published articles and conducted research on good governance, security, youth civic engagement, violent extremism, irregular migration, and cultural heritage development strategies. Most recently he worked with the UK Embassy CSSF programme in Mali managing the 6.000.000 Pounds Sahel Stabilization and Development Program. He is a fellow of the Obama Foundation, One young world Peace ambassador and a Mandela Washington Fellow.