Born in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania in 1950, Shafik Sachedina moved to England to pursue his education and career, and became a British National. In addition to his work in the medical arena, he is also very involved, on a voluntary basis, with The Institute of Ismaili Studies. The Institute of Ismaili Studies was created in 1977 with the goal of fostering scholarship regarding the study of Muslim history and culture. The driving force behind these studies is to better understand the place of Muslim societies in the modern world and their interaction with other cultures and religions.
Dr. Shafik Sachedina became Joint Chairman of Sussex Health Care Company in 1998. Sussex Health Care Company provides care and services to residents of Sussex County in South England. The company has been providing for the community for twenty five years and received accreditation from Health Quality Services in 2002. Dr. Sachedina comes to this roll with training as a medical professional. He obtained his qualifications as a dental surgeon from Guy’s Hospital Medical and Dental School, University of London in 1975 and has practiced dentistry for many years in England. Dr. Sachedina has also pursued entrepreneurial interests in the health care arena. This led him to help found Sussex Health Care, whose focus is to provide support to patients who suffer from Dementia, as well as their families.
Dr. Shafik Sachedina serves as the Head of the Department of Jamati Institutions within the Secretariat of His Highness the Aga Khan. In this role, Dr. Sachedina is responsible for coordinating the programs and activities of sixteen key areas in the institutions of the Ismaili community. He is a member of the Board of Governors for the Institute of Ismaili Studies, and serves in other leadership capacities. These include being a member of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDV) Committee, member of the Ismaili Leader’s International Forum and Chairman of the FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance International Committee. Reflective of his voluntary work for his community, Shafik Sachedina also served as President of the Ismaili Council for the United Kingdom for two consecutive terms.
Dr. Shafik Sachedina is a man of keen intellect and a strong heart who has found a way to focus his abilities for the benefit of his local community as well as for the benefit of the human community at large.
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