The AAS is governed by:

The General Assembly

Consists of AAS fellows and meets regularly to elect its president and members of the Governing Council and to approve the Academy’s programmes. Its current president is Felix Dapare Dakora, a Professor of plant and soil biotechnology at South Africa’s Tshwane University of Technology. Dakora is also a recipient of the UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences and the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award and a Fellow of the Academy of Science of South Africa.

The Governing Council

Consists of 13 officers elected by the General Assembly to review and assess if the Academy’s programmes are in line with the priorities of the General Assembly. The Council also conducts the election of new fellows, prepares the agenda for the General Assembly, reviews and approves the selection of affiliate members and appoints auditors.

The Management Committee (MC)

Consists of the President, the Secretary General, the Treasurer and the Executive Director. The MC oversees the work of other committees, which may be appointed by the Governing Council, coordinates fundraising and manages the Endowment Fund, among other responsibilities.

The secretariat 

The secretariat implements the AAS’ programmes.