Task Teams

Task Teams and Working Groups are established by Council to consider matters that do not fall within the purview of any Standing Committee.

Advocacy Task Team

The Advocacy Task Team oversees the development and implementation of FDI’s advocacy strategy. The work is focused on ensuring oral health is integrated in the global health and development agenda and included in policies addressing other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs); recognized as being key to achieving universal health coverage (UHC); considered as being a core component of general health and well-being, with oral health professionals being recognized as valued members of the healthcare team. 

 

Chair
Sep 2019 - Sep 2021
Dr Gerhard K. Seeberger
Italy
Member
Sep 2019 - Sep 2021
Prof. Ihsane Ben Yahya
Morocco
Member
Sep 2019 - Sep 2021
Assist. Prof. Nikolai Sharkov
Bulgaria
Member
Sep 2019 - Sep 2021
Prof. Takashi Inoue
Japan
Member
Sep 2019 - Sep 2021
Prof. David M. Williams
United Kingdom
Member
Sep 2019 - Sep 2021
Prof. Young Guk Park
Republic of Korea
Council representative to LOC WDC 2021

The 2020/2021 liaison members with the FDI World Dental Congress Sydney 2021 local organizing committee are the FDI Executive Committee, the Chair of the the Education Committee, and the Executive Director.

MEMBER
Dr Jürgen Fedderwitz
Germany
Non-voting member
Enzo Bondioni
Switzerland
COVID-19 Task Team

The COVID-19 Task Team oversees the development and implementation of FDI’s COVID-19 strategy, which is centred around three goals: support members in mitigating the risk from COVID-19 to health and daily practice; ensure continued access to care and promote prevention strategies for oral health; and to represent the profession when political and economic priorities are reshaped.

Chair
May 2020 - Sep 2021
Prof. Paulo Melo
Portugal
Member
May 2020 - Sep 2021
Prof. Li-Jian Jin
Hong Kong SAR China
Member
May 2020 - Sep 2021
Dr Carol G. Summerhays
United States of America
Member
May 2020 - Sep 2021
Assist. Prof. Nikolai Sharkov
Bulgaria
Member
May 2020 - Sep 2021
Dr Gerhard K. Seeberger
Italy
Member
May 2020 - Sep 2021
Prof. Ihsane Ben Yahya
Morocco
Global Periodontal Health Project Task Team

The Global Periodontal Health Project Task Team provides guidance and scientific expertise to ensure sound implementation of the Global Periodontal Health Project, which aims to reduce and prevent periodontal (gum) disease worldwide.

 

Chair
Sep 2020 - Sep 2021
Prof. Li-Jian Jin
Hong Kong SAR China
Member
Sep 2020 - Sep 2021
Prof. Dr Stefan Renvert
Sweden
Member
Sep 2020 - Sep 2021
Prof Dr David Herrera
Spain
Member
Sep 2020 - Sep 2021
Prof. Dr Jörg Meyle
Germany
Governance Task Team

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused events around the world to be cancelled or postponed and it has affected the usual business of the General Assembly and FDI Parliament. The Governance Task Team was established to look into alternative solutions for uninterrupted conduct of the General Assembly business and meeting in extraordinary circumstances.

Chair
Aug 2021 - Sep 2022
Dr Susie Sanderson
United Kingdom
Member
Aug 2021 - Sep 2022
Prof. Ihsane Ben Yahya
Morocco
Member
Aug 2021 - Sep 2022
Dr Greg Chadwick
United States of America
MEMBER
Aug 2021 - Sep 2022
Dr Mick Armstrong
United Kingdom
Member
Aug 2021 - Sep 2022
Dr Michael Frank
Germany
Member
Aug 2021 - Sep 2022
Damian Mitsch
Australia
Health and Safety Task Team

Health and Safety Task Team provides guidance, scientific expertise and content to develop the project deliverables of the Health and Safety in the Dental Workplace (HSDW) project, which seeks to help improve health and safety for the oral healthcare team at work with practical tools and a global communication campaign.

Member
Dr Duygu Ilhan
Turkey
Member
Mr Tim Caruso
United States of America
Member
Dr Masashi Ishida
Japan
Member
Dr Jean-Michel Laffont
France
Oral Health and Cancer Task Team

The project is planned to run until the end of 2022, with the support of Unilever. It has two objectives:

  • Improve the integration of oral healthcare and cancer care and collaboration between oral health professionals and health professionals involved in cancer care.
  • Empower patients with cancer to improve their oral hygiene and adapt their oral health behaviours according to their specific needs.
CHAIR
Prof. Ihsane Ben Yahya
Morocco
MEMBER
Prof. Dr Sana Bensouda
Morocco
MEMBER
Prof. Dr Jean-Christophe Fricain
France
MEMBER
Prof. Dr Mark Lingen
United States of America
MEMBER
Dr Barry Quinn
United Kingdom
EXPERT
Prof. Paolo Bossi
Italy
EXPERT
Dr Riccardo Caccialanza
Italy
Oral Health in Comprehensive Cleft Care Task Team

The Oral Health in Cleft Patients Task Team, in collaboration with Smile Train liaison experts, provides guidance and scientific expertise as well as develops content to ensure sound implementation of the Oral Health in Comprehensive Cleft Care project, which aims to integrate oral health professionals into the cleft care continuum. The Task Team also contributes to the promotion, dissemination and use of the project deliverables when possible.

Chair
Sep 2020 - Sep 2021
Prof. Peter Mossey
United Kingdom
Member
Sep 2020 - Sep 2021
Prof. Muthu Murugan
India
Liaison Expert
Sep 2020 - Sep 2021
Dr Marina Campodonico
Chile
Liaison Expert
Sep 2020 - Sep 2021
Dr Omolola Orenuga
Nigeria
Member
Sep 2020 - Sep 2021
Prof. Hongping Zhu
China
Oral Health Observatory Task Team

The Oral Health Observatory Task Team guides the implementation of the initial deployment in 10 countries of the Oral Health Observatory project, which generates standardized data on oral health to inform FDI's advocacy work.

Chair
Sep 2020 - Sep 2021
Dr Michael Sereny
Germany
Member
Sep 2020 - Sep 2021
Prof. Georgios Tsakos
United Kingdom
Member
Sep 2020 - Sep 2021
Prof. David M. Williams
United Kingdom
Mental Health Task Team
Roz McMullan
United Kingdom
Tim Newton
United Kingdom
Robert Utsman
Costa Rica
Policy Statements Editorial Task Team

The Policy Statements Editorial Task Team reviews all FDI Policy Statements to ensure that they are written to a high level of English and are grammatically correct. They also check all scientific terminology is consistently used and all references are up to date and relevant.

Chair
Sep 2020 - Sep 2021
Dr Susie Sanderson
United Kingdom
Member
Sep 2020 - Sep 2021
Prof. Li-Jian Jin
Hong Kong SAR China
Mmeber
Sep 2020 - Sep 2021
Prof. Ira Lamster
United States of America
Member
Sep 2020 - Sep 2021
Dr Liran Levin
United States of America
Sports in Dentistry Task Team

The Sports in Dentistry Task Team was established to support the development of a toolkit for national dental associations (NDAs) and promote the importance of good oral health for people practicing sports. The Task Team also oversees the production of guidelines on good oral health for relevant groups in the sports industry, including dentists, physicians, and people playing sports at every level.

Chair
Jun 2019 - Dec 2021
Dr Sophie Dartevelle
France
Member
Jun 2019 - Dec 2021
Dr Sophie Cantamessa
France
Member
Jun 2019 - Dec 2021
Prof. Tomotaka Takeda
Japan
Member
Jan 2020 - Dec 2021
Prof. Ian Needlem
United Kingdom
Sustainability in Dentistry Task Team

The Sustainability in Dentistry Task Team provides guidance and scientific expertise to ensure sound implementation of the Sustainability in Dentistry project, which aims to map out strategies and implement solutions to help reduce the environmental impact of dentistry and the dental industry.

CHAIR
Prof. Nicolas Martin
United Kingdom
MEMBER
Dr James Zenk
United States of America
MEMBER
Sep 2021 - Sep 2022
Dr Duygu Ilhan
Turkey
MEMBER
Dr Steven Mulligan
United Kingdom
World Oral Health Day Task Team

Celebrated every year on 20 March, World Oral Health Day is the largest global awareness campaign on oral health. The World Oral Health Day Task Team oversees the development and implementation of the campaign strategy. The Task Team also reviews campaign material for scientific accuracy to ensure it is in line with FDI's core messages. It also provides input on how to extend the reach of the campaign to key audiences.

Chair
May 2019 - May 2021
Prof. Paulo Melo
Portugal
Member
May 2021 - May 2022
Dr Carol G. Summerhays
United States of America
Member
May 2019 - May 2021
Dr Nahawand Thabet
Egypt
Member
May 2019 - May 2021
Dr Maria Fernanda Atuesta Mondragon
Colombia
Member
May 2021 - May 2022
Assoc. Prof. Elham Kateeb
Sate of Palestine
Member
May 2019 - May 2021
Prof. Krishna Prasad
India