The General Assembly is the highest authority of the ADF and meets every 4 years. The General Assembly is composed of 2 voting delegates (1 male, 1 female) from each ADF full member continental DPO organization, and 2 voting delegates (1 male, 1 female) from each ADF full member sub-regional DPO federation. Only ADF member organizations which are current in their ADF dues payments are permitted to send voting delegates to the General Assembly.
In addition, the General Assembly is composed of 4 voting delegates (2 male, 2 female) elected by ADF member national federations in each of 5 sub-regions (20 total voting delegates). Criteria for the election of voting delegates ensure representation by different disability groups and youth with disabilities and limit representation to no more than one person from the same country. The ADF Bylaws spell out in greater detail the criteria and modalities for election of voting delegates to the General Assembly.
The General Assembly elects every four years the 9 members of the ADF Executive Council. Election of officers and members take into consideration gender, type of disability, and regional representation. The ADF Bylaws spell out in greater detail the criteria and modalities for election of Council officers and members, who must be members of and nominated by an ADF full member organization. The ADF Chairperson chairs Executive Council meetings. The ADF Office Director serves as an ex-officio Council member. The following are the current officers and members of the ADF Executive Council:
Mr. Shuaib Chalklen (South Africa), Chairperson
Mr. Idriss Alzouma Maiga (Niger), Vice-Chair
Ms. Rachel Kachaje (Malawi), Secretary
Mr. Pawlos Kassu (Ethiopia), Treasurer
Ms. Judith Ekaete Umoh (Nigeria), Representative for women with disabilities
Mr. Michael Njenga (Kenya), Representative for youth with disabilities
Ms. Fatma Wangare (Kenya), Representative for families having a member with a disability
Mr. Ayassou Komivi (Togo), Representative for elderly persons with disabilities and other under-represented groups
Ms. Ferozia Hosaneea (Mauritius)