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Shafik Sachedina And His Role At The Institute Of Ismaili Studies

Shafik Sachedina is an entrepreneur, a qualified dental surgeon, an active member of the Ismaili global community and the founder and owner of Sussex Healthcare.

Some of the roles that Shafik Sachedina plays in the Ismaili community include; a member of the committee of the Aga Khan Development Network. Mr. Sachedina belongs to the Board of Governors of the Institute of Ismaili Studies. The Institute of Ismaili Studies is a UK based religious body that carries out research. The main objective of the research that the body carries out is to study Muslim communities and cultures. This is in a bid to promote awareness of their faith in other societies and populations. Moreover, the society promotes cohesion and understanding among members of their faith. The institute which was started by Aga Khan in 1977, houses one of the biggest libraries of Ismaili studies in the world.

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In addition to this, he is also the Head of Jamati Institutions Department to the Aga Khan Secretariat which is located in Aiglemont, France. Mr. Sachedina also heads the diplomatic affairs docket at Aiglemont. Some of his roles include organizing the community’s programmes and activities in the areas where it is present. In 2017, the doctor was the head of a delegation which traveled to Russia to meet Mikhail Bogdanov. Mr. Bogdanov is the Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Representative of for the Middle East and Africa. During the discussion, the current affairs of Afghanistan and Syria were particularly singled out. This meeting spearheaded productive discussions as they talked about the crisis in the Middle East. The dental surgeon works closely with Aga Khan’s Development Network programmes and Institutions of Ismaili communities in Central Asia.

Dr. Sachedina is an Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum member. The entrepreneur is the Humanitarian Assistance International Co-ordinating Committee Chairman. In addition to all these roles, he has also been the Ismaili Council of UK President for two successive terms. Shafik Sachedina is dedicated to the Ismaili Imamat community and all the roles that he carries out are on a voluntary basis.

Shafik Sachedina was born Tanzania’s city of Dar es Salaam in 1950. However, he got the opportunity if studying Dentistry at the University of London in Guy’s Hospital Medical and Dental School. As a result, he qualified as a dental surgeon in 1975 when he graduated with an MD in the discipline. Consequently, he got to practice in England for several years. In addition to this, he is also an entrepreneur in the healthcare industry.

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