Structure and Organization

Board of Directors: The Board (BoD), as prescribed in the Constitution, is the custodian and brain trust of ZDNNA that refines its principles and guiding policies, provides leadership and direction, creates policy and leads dialogue as well as promote its good public image as necessary to achieve the aims and objectives of ZDNNA. The BoD generates ideas, ways, and means of securing resources for the efficient operation of ZDNNA. It consists of a minimum of three elected Board members one of whom is the Chairman. The Patron and first Chairman shall remain Board members at large to safeguard the vision and institutional memory of ZDNNA.

Executive Committee (EC) and Supporting Committees: the EC debates, recommends and endorses sets of policies generated by the BoD as it leads and directs the ZDNNA network structures. The EC, supported and led by a Chief Executive Officer in charge of administering EC affairs is assisted by office staff, administrative officer, secretary and other elected members of Committees, secures and accounts for the ZDNNA resources. EC is supported by standing committees such as Rules and Regulations, Ethics, Disciplinary, Finance, Membership and Elections, Policy Engagement, Health and Education, etc., as well as ad hoc committees to address specific issues. Committees are guided by operational rules stipulated in the Constitution and By-Laws.

Chapters: members of ZDNNA with common interest may form Chapters led by locally elected committees that are geographic, sector or subject specific. Chapters are affiliated entities to ZDNNA and shall be governed by the principles and code of conduct of ZDNNA. Chapters are free to carry on their business keeping ZDNNA informed and copied on key documents under confidentiality clauses.

Regions: ZDNNA members and Chapters in contiguous US states may constitute a Region, which acts as a coordinating unit of ZDNNA under a Regional Coordinator initially appointed by the Executive Committee on the basis of their ability to mobilize, lead and inspire new membership.

Office Holders and Elections

ZDNNA office positions are stipulated in the Constitution and By-Laws (BLs) to include: chairperson and vice chairperson, secretary, treasurer, organizing secretary, legal officer and auditors. The Constitution and the BLs provide for the frequency and guidelines governing the holding of elections to positions. Details concerning procedures before, during and following elections are also expressed in the BLs.

Members Rights and Obligations

Every member has the right to actively participate, vote and be voted into office as well as inspect the books of account.


The Network National Conference is the premier annual meeting of ZDNNA where the leadership is elected in line with the ZDNNA Constitution. Other meetings include the Board, Executive, Chapters and Regional meetings. The quorum, timing and duration of each of the meetings are stipulated in the Constitution and the By-Laws.


Alongside the Constitution, ZDNNA has developed sets of By-Laws (BLs) to guide internal proceedings of business in addition to defining the 10 Regions. BLs make provision for the running of meetings of the Board, Executive Committee, Chapters and Regions. They also provide operational guidance for accountability for resources and procedures for disciplining members and office holders. BLs detailing voting processes and procedures are vital for members’ participation and expression of views.