Shafik Sachedina is the Head of Department of Jamati Institutions and a member of the Secretariat of His Highness the Aga Khan. He plays a crucial role in coordinating activities of the Ismaili community in 16 areas where Jamati Institutions are operational. He is also responsible for bringing together the events and programs of the Aga Khan and the Jamati Institution in Asia.
Shafik Sachedina was born in Tanzania, East Africa. He attended the University of London where he graduated with a degree in dental surgery. He has practiced in London since 1975. He is not only a doctor but an entrepreneur in the medical sector.
Sachedina work as a volunteer in both the Jamati institutions and the Aga Khan Secretariat. The Ismaili community has a long history of offering voluntary services to one another, and he is just keeping up with the traditions. He takes time away from his profession to give back to his community which he values a lot. Shafik Sachedina works in various other organization formed by the Ismaili Community, especially in the United Kingdom.
Among other voluntary services he has served include serving for two terms as the President of the Ismaili Council in the U.K.
The Institute of Ismaili Studies has various programs such as the Graduate Program which help students from this community to get access to career opportunities. Another program is a Secondary Teacher Education Program which offers aspiring teachers who would like to teach in Ismaili institutions around the world.
Shafik Sachedina is the founder of Sussex Healthcare, a facility that offers caregiving services to people in need of special needs. The facility was started to be a center for taking care of the older adults in the community. Sussex Healthcare was launched in 1985, and until today, it is still going on strong with the delivery of exceptional services. Currently, they assist people with different conditions and not necessarily the elderly.
Sussex Healthcare is a testimony of the passion that Sachedina has in community work. As co-chairman of organization, he is doing a great job of creating a company that supports a section of the society which is usually forgotten.