Shafik Sachedina has headed the Jamati Institutions Department at His Highness the Aga Khan’s secretariat France’s office at Aiglemont. In this office, Shafik is in charge of organizing programs and activities of institutions of Ismaili community in 16 major areas where they have such institutions. Shafik is also accountable for interfacing with institutions of Ismaili communities within central Asia and development system agendas from Aga Khan. Dr. Sachedina is also a member of the board of governors at the Ismaili Institute of studies.
Shafik Sachedina was born in 1950 and brought up in Tanzania. In 1975, Guy’s Hospital Medical and Dental School in London qualified Dr. Sachedina to become a dental surgeon. For many years now, Shafik has practiced his dental surgeon experience in London. Moreover, Dr. Sachedina also has healthcare sector entrepreneurial interests. His work with Jamati institutions and the Aga Khan is considered as a charitable work in regard to ancient community traditions of voluntary service. Dr. Sachedina is also the current Joint chairman at Sussex Healthcare.
In addition to this, Shafik serves in different positions within Ismaili Imamat and community. For instance, he is Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) committee member, Aiglemont, FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance International coordinating committee chair. Additionally, Shafik is also Ismail Leaders’ International Forum member. Prior to this, Dr. Sachedina has worked in several other voluntary positions such as Ismaili Council for the United Kingdom’s president for two terms.
Ismaili institute of studies is a research institution based in London, United Kingdom. The Institute’s major aims are to support Muslim societies and culture studies both in contemporary and historical manner. These studies are aimed at encouraging a superior understanding of the relationships that exist between Muslims and other faiths and societies. The Institute acts as a meeting point where Ismaili community meets and try to understand its own thought and history as well as esoteric Islam and Shi‘ism, the neglected fields. The institute is located in London, United Kingdom. The institute offers degree level to preliminary programs for those Ismaili students who do not understand English. The programs include the Syrian Preparatory Program and Khorog English Program.