Tony Volpe Award

The Tony Volpe Award is given annually to a dental professional, offering them a place on our prestigious Senior Dental Leaders Programme (SDL). The award covers all tuition, travel and accommodation costs.

About Tony Volpe
Tony Volpe

Dr. Volpe has recently retired as Vice-President of Clinical Research and Scientific Affairs at the Colgate-Palmolive Company in New Jersey and has more than five decades of experience in clinical dental research, preventive dentistry and dental scientific affairs, as well as over 250 scientific publications to his name. He has served in an advisory technical capacity with a host of medical organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), and as president of the American Dental Association (ADA) Foundation from 1997 to 2003. In 2004 he was presented with the ADA’s Distinguished Service Award. Also that year Tony was further honoured to receive the American Association of Public Health Dentistry's Special Merit Award and the Hadassah Special Award from the Hebrew University, Israel.

Previous winners

2012 Dr Fiona Makoni, Zimbabwe, Mr Enock Phale, Malawi  2013 Dr Ashwin Jawdekar, India  2014 Dr Nazik M Nurelhuda, Sudan  2015 Professor Sonia Groisman, Brazil   2016 Professor Jeff Yengopal, South Africa   2017 Professor Xiaojuan Zeng, China   2018 Dr Kor Hok Sim, Cambodia, Dr Khin Muang, Myanmar  2019 Professor Seng Rossamith, Cambodia

The Senior Dental Leaders Programme

Hosted by Harvard School of Dental Medicine and King's College London Dental Institute, on behalf of the Global Child Dental Fund, the SDL programme is attended by the most senior dental policy makers, NGO figures, and dental-health academic faculty, from across the globe.

SDL hones individual’s skill-sets for the most senior roles in dental policy making. The programme offers senior dental figures the chance to further their understanding of strategic change, dental health policy, and dental economics. Critically, SDL strives to strengthen each attendee’s ability to deal with regional crisis, and anticipate and plan for future demands.

To learn more about the SDL Alumni please click here.

In 2019 the award was won by Professor Seng Rossamith, Cambodia

Who should apply for this award?

This an opportunity for aspiring dentists in the early and middle stages of their careers to train alongside some of the most influential figures in the formulation of world dental policy. To that end, applicants must meet specific criteria to be eligible:

  1. Applicants must be a qualified member of the wider dental profession.
  2. Applicants must either be an aspiring Dean of a dental school or the head of department. Or, have experience and a proven track record of operating successfully in a senior policy or other leadership role.
  3. Be committed to further learning and to improving  the oral health of children.
  4. Have the support of their Ministry of Health, Dental Association, Academic Institution, or employer.
  5. Endorsement from one of the Senior Dental Leader Alumni is also encouraged. A list of alumni names and contact details can be found here.

Applications for the 2020 award are now open.

To apply for SDL 14 in 2020, please write a maximum of four hundred words outlining in brief the following:

  • who you are and any relevant positions and personal achievements
  • why you wish to attend SDL
  • to what purpose you would best utilize the SDL training programme and alumni network

All applications should be sent directly to the Global Child Dental Fund at The deadline for applications is the end of November 2019.

Please contact us if you require further details.