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On September 27th 2016, at the apero held by the Swiss Federation prior to the International Federation of Denturists Annual General Assemble in Luzern, Switzerland, Mr. Urban Christen Mendez was inducted into the Brotherhood of Sterkenburgers.

As you are all aware, Urban Christen is one of our exceptional member of the International Federation of Denturists who truly carries out his duties as a member and as our Sponsor’s representative with the utmost honour and respect.

Urban is really qualified by all of his diplomas:

  • Diploma as Denturist at George Brown College, Toronto, Canada
  • Diploma as Denturist in clinical dental technology at the Faculty of General Dental Practice, Royal College of Surgeons of England Great Britain
  • Certificate in Dental Radiography from School of Chemistry and Physics, Keele University, Great Britain
  • Certified Dental Technician in Switzerland
  • Diploma in “Economy and Business Management” from Swiss Institute of Business Management

Urban was formerly a Swiss Diploma Examiner (Full Denture, Gerber Concept)

Urban has also contributed much to the profession:

  • He is an active member of SZPV (Schweizerischer Zahnprothetiker Verband) in the position Beisitz (prosthodontist's governing body
  • Head Trainer for VITA Instructors for complete Dentures
  • He is an active member of our Education Committee.
  • He works for the recognition of the profession in Switzerland and with the European Commision and with the European Union committee.
  • He does a lot more we do not know about!

What he is achieving is admirable, but most of all, he has been of a fondamental help for the International Federation of Denturists by providing sponsors that will follow our worldwide mission by financially supporting our organisation. Whatever our mission, if we could not financially survive, we would have become irrelevant, meaning he saved the IFD from not being able to express strongly its mission worldwide.

Thank you so much Urban for your  outstanding contribution!

It is the International Federation of Denturists hope that we can give Urban Christen Mendez the recognition that he has earned in his many years of dedication to the profession. We, IFD, recognize you, Urban Christen as a Brother of Sterkenburgers.

Mr. Urban Christen Mendez deserves to be honoured and respected by all of us.



On September 26th 2018, at the Cocktail opening the IFD Annual General Meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, Mr. Duffy Malherbe was inducted into the Brotherhood of Sterkenburgers.



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