Senior Dental Leaders 2019

The recently held Senior Dental Leaders conference, now in its 13th year, has once again been a resounding success.

The six-day conference organised by the Global Child Dental Fund, King’s College London, and this year’s host, the Harvard School of Dental Medicine took place in Boston, USA. Delegates, from 10 countries representing Australia, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Portugal, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, and the U.S., included dental policymakers, national Chief Dental Officers, representatives from non-governmental organisations, members of the clinical and academic communities, and other stakeholders.

During the conference, delegates exchanged knowledge and research, shared best practices, and discussed strategies to meet oral health challenges facing people and communities in need. They also gained greater insight into effective team leadership and change management, scenario planning and public health innovation, and how the oral health landscape may change in the next decade.

Speakers included Professor Raman Bedi, Chair of the Global Child Dental Fund; Dr. Bruce Donoff, Dean of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine; Professor Jennifer Gallagher, King’s College London; Dr. Marsha Butler, Vice President of Oral Health and Professional Relations, Colgate-Palmolive; and Dr. Conrado Barzaga, CEO of the Center for Oral Health.

“Overcoming the oral health challenges facing our global community requires the commitment and resources of every segment of the dental community, and the Senior Dental Leaders Programme was created to foster the conversations, debate, and motivation needed to enact real change,” said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, Inc. “I am struck by the progress we have made during the past 13 years, and look forward to our future accomplishments. By working together and forging partnerships across borders, we are taking real steps to improve the oral health, and overall health, of children around the world.”

Thank you to our sponsors, Colgate-Palmolive and Henry Schein, who have supported the Senior Dental Leaders programme since its inception.