The investiture ceremony of Professor Ihsane Ben Yahya as President of the FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) took place on Wednesday in Casablanca, in the presence of several deans of faculties and professionals in the dental sector. Mrs. Ben Yahya, who succeeds Dr. Gerhard Konrad Seeberger, expressed her pride and honor at being the first Arab and African woman to become president of the FDI and the heavy responsibility that awaits her at the head of this global institution. The Moroccan Association for Oral Health Prevention (AMPBD) president said she was doubly proud because “I am Moroccan and I was trained in Morocco,” stressing that this appointment is the result of several years of work and hard work.
Among the objectives and priorities set by the new FDI President during her two-year term, she cited the strengthening of the actions carried out by her predecessors, the development and support of FDI member associations, and the promotion of continuing education. The investiture ceremony, hosted by the WBDB, and attended by members of the national board and other professionals, was broadcast online and watched by dentists and oral health professionals worldwide.
Ms. Ben Yahya served as a member of the FDI Council from 2013 to 2019. Since 2019, she has been president-elect. A professor of higher education at the Faculty of Dentistry in Casablanca, she served for more than 15 years as director of the Center for Dental Consultations and Treatment at the Ibn Rochd University Hospital in Casablanca. Currently, she is Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the Mohammed VI University of Health Sciences. The FDI, of which Morocco, represented by AMPBD, has been a member since 2007, brings together more than 200 dental associations from 130 countries, and has one million member dentists.
The FDI promotes oral health worldwide, develops continuing education programs, supports member associations in preventive oral health activities, and collaborates officially and closely with the World Health Organization (WHO). The FDI is also a member of the World Health Professional Alliance.