Mental Health Facilitator Training, Zayed University - Student Affairs Deanship

Job-search Coaching | Career Branding & Mentoring, Randstad RiseSmart, USA

Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, Co-active Training Institute (ICF Accredited), USA

Fundamentals of ORSC, Organizational, Relationship & Systems Coaching, Berlot Group (ICF Accredited), UAE

Rori Raye Relationship Coach Training, USA

Train the Trainer, Regional Training Institute, UAE

Laughter Yoga Facilitator Certification, ChangeWorksAD, UAE

Group Fitness Leadership Certificates, MEFITPRO | Pilates & Yoga Instructor Training, UAE

MA - International Education (Minor: Curriculum & Instruction), University of Minnesota, USA

CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults), University of Cambridge, UK

BA - English & Teaching English as a Foreign Language, University of Carthage, Tunisia (2nd-Year Honors)


Sonia Elhaj is a certified professional co-active coach with an MA in International Education and 20+ years of experience supporting the successes of over 6K students and professionals navigating life and work transitions in the MENA region and beyond. Through diverse expertise in teaching, training and movement modalities, Sonia taps into artistic expression, holistic coaching and wellbeing modalities to inspire peace and change and build educational programs that are empowering, sustainable and student-focused.

Sonia’s work- whether in life, career, or relationship coaching- is driven by her mission to support individuals and groups evolve beyond today’s scarcity-driven, busy-ness narrative to re-create balance, harmony and co-active integration between the ‘being’ and the ‘doing’, both in our inner- and outer-worlds. Whether through coaching, writing or mentoring, Sonia gently invites her audience to forgive, reframe, play, and surprise themselves: by embracing the infinite parts within, and by surrendering to that new version of themselves wanting to emerge. One day at a time. One moment at a time.

Sonia synthesizes her coaching, teaching, and entrepreneurial expertise to co-create empowering transformations with individuals and teams in educational and workplace settings. As a higher-education expert, Sonia synergizes the rigor of academia with her successes building and spearheading Liberal Studies, General Education and Coaching programs over the last 15 years to support the transition of the ZU community into the largest inter-disciplinary university in the region.

Key Competencies:

Key Industry & Educational Expertise
Career Development | Life Coaching | Strengths Coaching | Career Counselling | Career Branding | Mentorship | Teaching & Training Methods | Student Recruitment | Wellness Workshops | Educational Technology | Staff Training & Leadership | LBD Environments & Flipped Classrooms | Sales & Marketing | CV Design & Branding | Employability | Conflict Resolution | Transition Coaching | Change Management | Teacher Training | Higher Education | Program Development | Curriculurm Design | Assessment & Evalutaion | Experiential Learning | Personal & Corporate Development through Performance & Drama

Courses Developed & Delivered
Critical Thinking | Entrepreneurship | Global Media Trends | Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature | Foundations of Leadership | Creating Your Future | Research Methods | Personal Health & Physical Education | English For Academic Purposes | English For Specific Purposes | Business English | IELTS Preparation | Academic Reading & Writing | English Pronunciation | Academic Spoken Communication | Professional Communications | TEFL & Microteaching | English For Young Learners | Conversational English | Technical English (Oil & Gas, Aviation)


Abu Dhabi - Khalifa City, MF3-1-054