Dr. Shafik Sachedina is a dental surgeon by profession, but he’s much more than a dentist. He’s also involved in successful business ventures and he donates his time to charitable efforts. Dr. Sachedina was born in Tanzania in 1950 and is a graduate of Guy’s Hospital Medical and Dental School in London. He’s been practicing dentistry in England since 1975.
Along with his work as a dental surgeon, Dr. Shafik Sachedina is the Head of the Department of Jamati Institutions at the office of His Highness the Aga Khan, which is located at Aiglemont in France. He is responsible for overseeing events and activities that take place at all institutions in the Ismaili community. These institutions are located in 16 main areas. He also facilitates interaction between the Aga Khan Development Network Programs and the Central Asia Ismaili communities’ institutions.
Dr. Sachedina has also pursued business ventures in the healthcare sector, and is an owner and joint chair of Sussex Health Care. This business is a nursing home that provides care to elderly people suffering from illnesses, that render them incapable of caring for themselves. They also care for people that have disabilities and those with mental and physical challenges. Sussex Health Care has earned many awards and recognition for quality and a high standard of care. They’ve been awarded three top hospitality awards that include the Hospitality Assured accreditation, and the Hospitality Accreditation Quality Unit. They’ve also won awards over the years for clinical excellence and business acumen.
Dr. Shafik Sachedina does a lot of volunteer work and one of organizations that he donates his time to is the Institute of Ismaili Studies, located in London, England. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Institute, and as such is a part of the group that manages and supervises the operations of the institution. The main goal of the Institution is to provide information and education about Muslims’ relationships with other faiths and societies. They maintain a huge collection of Ismaili manuscripts.
Additionally, Dr. Sachedina works in other areas of the Ismaili Imamat and the community as a whole. He’s held the position of Chairman of the FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance International Co-ordinating Committee. He’s a member of the Aga Khan Development Network Committee, and the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum. He’s also served two terms as the president of the Ismaili Council for the United Kingdom on a voluntary basis. Dr. Sachedina has won many prestigious awards for his charitable works.