The governance structure of ADI includes the Elected Board and our Council of members. We also have Honorary positions and Global Ambassadors who champion our cause.


The council of Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) is made up of representatives from each of our member associations. The council is the general assembly of ADI and meets annually to discuss and vote on matters related to ADI bylaws and constitution, the admission of new members or termination of membership. The council is responsible for electing the members of the ADI Board, based on the recommendations of the Nominations Committee.


Members of ADI’s Elected Board are often drawn from ADI member associations. The Board concerns itself with matters of vision and mission of the organisation. It approves the strategy and the annual business plan and budget. It supports and questions the work of the CEO and acts as a sounding board on matters of key importance to the organisation.

Board members are chosen on the basis of their background to ensure that they can understand all issues related to the organisation’s values, operations and management. They are also chosen on the basis of geographical balance to ensure ADI truly represents the global voice on dementia. Board members also represent ADI whenever necessary. The Board has committees including the Finance and Risk Committee and the Membership Committee, which discuss issues between Board meetings and make recommendations back to the Board.

Medical and Scientific Advisory Panel (MSAP)

ADI’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Panel (MSAP) serves to provide expert advice and guidance on scientific and medical matters whenever necessary. The panel members are chosen on the basis of their area of expertise as well as geographical provenance to guarantee ADI represents global concerns. The Executive Committee in particular works on a day to day basis with the CEO and ADI’s Executive team and they also represent ADI whenever required.

Honorary President and Vice Presidents

The Honorary President of ADI is Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, who cared for her mother Rita Hayworth, who lived with Alzheimer’s disease.

Our Honorary Vice Presidents are:

  • Mr Brian Moss, Australia
  • Dr Nori Graham, UK
  • Prof Henry Brodaty, Australia
  • Dr Daisy Acosta, Dominican Republic
  • Mrs Wendy Fleming, New Zealand
  • Mr Glenn Rees, Australia

Global Ambassadors

Global ambassadors of ADI are individuals of global renown who have performed exceptional services to the cause of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

ADI is proud to have Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, Former President of Costa Rica, Queen Sofia of Spain, Queen Silvia of Sweden and Princess Muna Al Hussein of Jordan as Global Ambassadors.