Shafik Sachedina’s Leadership And Influence On The Ismaili Communities

Shafik Sachedina is a personal representative of the spiritual leader of Prince Karim Aga Khan IV. He serves as Head of Department of Jamati Institutes in Aiglemont in France. He’s the program and activity coordinator in the 16 main areas in which Ismaili communities exist in central Asia. Dr. Sachedina has established the Aga Khan Development Network programs and institutes.

Modern Ismaili studies began in the 1930’s when South Asia collected Ismaili manuscripts that had been preserved within the pioneering communities. These manuscripts were scribed by Ismaili pioneers such as Asaf Fyzee and Zahid Ali. Wladmir Ivanhow created the Ismaili Society of Bombay in which these documents were preserved. The Bombay Society was later established by Sir Sultan Khan in Feburary 1946. At that time, the Society was devoted to the intellectual movements within Islam, particularly the division of the Sunni and Shi-ite groups. It was during a 1975 Ismailia conference that it was decided that the institute would be renamed the Institute of Ismaili Studies.

Shafik Sachedina was born in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania in 1950. He received his education from Guy’s Hospital Medical and Dental School, University of London and practiced as a dental surgeon for several years. It was during this time that he developed many healthcare-related entrepreneurial interests.

In 2017, Dr. Sachedina met with Deputy Foreign Minister and Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov to discuss a terrorist situation in the Mid-East. While there, he was very quick to praise Russia’s consistency in their position in favor of quickly and peacefully resolving uncompromising fights against terrorism.

In addition to being the program coordinator for the Jamati Institutes, Dr. Sachedina also holds several other positions within the Ismali community. They include the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Committee, Chairman of Humanitarian FOCUS and Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum. He has also previously served two terms as the President of the Ismaili Council for the United Kingdom. He is also currently serving as the chairman for Sussex Healthcare, which he established to provide help to the elderly. Sussex Healthcare also helps to provide marketing funds to various nursing facilities of elder care.

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