Shafik Sachedina is the Department Head of the Jamati Institutions at the Institution of Ismaili Studies in London, United Kingdom. The institution is a learning resource and research area spreading awareness of the Islamic history and culture of the Muslim community, while continuing efforts to shed a positive light on the Islamic faith and the Muslim community. The Institution of Ismaili Studies was founded by His Highness Aga Khan, a very high-ranking Imam in the Shia Imami Ismaili sect.
In his role as the Department Head for the Jamati Institutions, Dr. Sachedina creates and executes various programs and activities for the Ismaili people in all 16 branches of the Institute’s locations. Dr. Sachedina also serves the honor of being the Secretariat to Aga Khan as well in Aiglemont, France. Another one of his contributions was serving as volunteer president of the United Kingdom Ismaili Council.
In addition to such an extensive resume of volunteer work, including being and having been the Department Head of the Jamati Institutions, Secretariat to His Highness the Aga Khan, and President of the United Ismaili Council, Dr. Sachedina is also a member of the Aga Kahn Development Network (AKDN) and the Ismaili Leaders International Forum, and he is Chairman of FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance International Coordinating Committee.
Dr. Sachedina is actually a dentist by trade. He was born in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania in May of 1950. He later departed Tanzania in pursuit of his academic studies in London, United Kingdom. He attended Guy’s Hospital Medical and Dental School of the University of London, where he graduated with the qualifications for being a dental surgeon. He practiced dental surgery for a very long time in the United Kingdom, where he became very successful and was highly respected by his peers in the dental surgical world. Over time, he decided to become self-employed. He wanted to invest by venturing into the healthcare field. That is where Sussex Healthcare comes into Dr. Sachedina’s life.
He is the Joint Chairman of Sussex Healthcare in Sussex County, South England. The company offers home healthcare and support services to patients that need assistance and services. Sussex Healthcare is a compassionate company, and cares about its patients. Dr. Sachedina sees to that on a regular basis.
Dr. Sachedina has received no awards to date, but is well-respected, and comes highly referred for his work in dental surgery. He leads a very fulfilling life regardless.