Habib Benzian is a Professor of Epidemiology & Health Promotion at NYU Dental College and Co-Director of the only WHO Collaborating Center for oral health in the PAHO region. With more than 20 years of global health experience, he is a leader in advocating for oral health globally. As an expert in international public health, health policy, NCDs, school health, and WASH in schools, he bridges academia, policy, and practice. He advises organizations such as WHO and UNICEF, and has supported major policy processes at the global, regional, and national level, including the WHO Global Strategy on Oral Health and the Global Oral Health Action Plan. He was part of the editorial team for the first-ever WHO Global Oral Health Status Report and is now a Global Health Research Fellow at Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Studies, Africa’s premier research institutes which partners with the Nobel Foundation and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, researching global oral health governance and political priority setting.