Shafik Sachedina, Chairman of Sussex Healthcare also holds a very important role at the Institute of Ismaili Studies. Established in the late 70’s, the institute was intended to become a beacon of hope for Muslims. The teaching of Muslim culture and societies plays an important role in society as well as in every day life for Muslims. While many study history, there is much about the history of Islam that is not taught. Those who are Muslim have been searching for a simple and authoritative way to share the history and study of Muslims and their way of life. The Institute of Ismaili Studies is what Shafik Sachedina believes to be the key for Muslims understanding other cultures, and helping them build meaningful relationships.
Located in France, Shafik Sachedina is the Head of the Department of Jamati Institutions at the Secretariat of His Highness. The work of coordinating programs is both meaningful for him as well as fulfilling in that he is also responsible for getting all of the communities in Central Asia to get connected as well. Having become well-educated early in life, Shafik Sachedina was poised to become a dental surgeon in 1975. His education was completed for this field in Guy’s Hospital Medical and Dental School, associated with the University of London. Having practiced in England for a number of years, he was also interested in taking up some entrepreneurial endeavors.
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Having worked in healthcare, his natural inclination was to seek out opportunities within healthcare. Some of Shafik Sachedina’s most important work has been done within the Aga Khan and Jamati Institutions, although he works as a volunteer. One of the most important pillars of society within the Ismaili teachings is to volunteer your time and talents. Placed on the Board of Governors, there are many other positions that he holds in the Institute of Ismaili Studies. Although he has numerous roles within the Institute, he has also served as the President of the Ismaili Council for the United Kingdom.
Safik Sachedina was born in Tanzania, but spent most of his years during college and thereafter working in London. His studies to become a dental surgeon were completed in London. Today, he is acting as the Joint Chairman for Sussex Healthcare as well as the Chairman of the Institute of Ismaili Studies, and he is noted as having become a British National.