Dr. Shafik was born in the year 1950 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. He later moved and settled in England. Shafik went to Guy’s Hospital Medical at the University of London and earned DDS degree. Sachedina also attended University of the King college where he obtained MD degree in dentistry. He specializes in surgery and dentistry. Additionally, he has entrepreneurial interest in the health-care sector.
Dr. Shafik Sachedina heads the department of Jamati Institutions. He also organizes events for the Ismaili community as well as developing programs for the Aga Khan Development Network. The Institute of Ismaili is located in London and aims to promote Muslim culture. The institute educates people to understand Islam as well as fostering the relationship with other people. It also gives members of the Muslim community an opportunity to gather and discuss matters such as esoteric Islam that is overlooked.
The Ismaili institute provides many programs, including graduate programs in humanities and Islam studies which take three years. The programs are meant to help students earn a research degree that will lead them to different careers. Then in the final year, students study at the University, where they obtain masters degrees that are related to the fields of their studies. A Secondary Teacher Program is also offered. It prepares the graduates to teach in the Ismaili institute at the secondary level. The programme takes two years to complete.
The Ismaili institute relies on the knowledge from various institutions and scholars. It creates awareness through publications, initiatives, and partnerships that pertain the Islam studies. It has the library that has a vast collection of Ismaili codices around the globe that acts as a primary resource to the institution.
In 2017, Sachedina joined hands with the Deputy Foreign Minister and the presidential representative for the Middle East. They discussed the current issues taking place in the Middle East especially Afghanistan and Syria.
Current and past positions
Dr. Sachedina plays other roles that include the chairmanship of the focus Humanitarian assistance International Co-coordinating Committee, member of the Aga Khan Development Network and an affiliate of Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum. Shafik also served as a volunteer in the capacity of the president to Ismaili council for the United Kingdom. Dr. Sachedina is proud of his work as well as that of serving his community and being a dental surgeon. He has made the differences and continues to do the same in different fields. He is also the joint chairman of Sussex Healthcare.