Paula Vassallo is a Consultant in Dental Public Health and has recently been elected President of the European Association of Dental Public Health. She is a senior lecturer in Preventive and Community Dentistry and Dental Public Health at the University of Malta. She is a board member of the Council of European Chief Dental Officers and of the Platform for Better oral Health in Europe. She is also member of the health research group of the Institute of Small Island States. She is Past President of the Council of European Chief Dental Officers and is immediate past Chairperson of the Platform for Better Oral health in Europe. She has also chaired the Working Group of Oral Health in The CED (Council of European Dentists) and was responsible for guiding the development of CED policies related to oral health issues. She is currently the Director of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention within the Ministry of Health in Malta.