Shafik Sachedina is one of the joint chairmen of Sussex Healthcare, and he has been working in the medical field for many years as a dental surgeon. He was born in Dar Esalaam Tanzania but emigrated to the U.K. when he was younger. There, he studied at Guy Medical Hospital in London, which is a medical college in the city and eventually trained as a dental surgeon at London Dental School. Since then, he has practiced as a dental surgeon in many different hospitals all over the United Kingdom and is known as one of the best in his line of work. Sachedina has been able to draw on his entrepreneurial skills and combine them with his interests in the health care field.
Shafik Sachedina serves as the Head of the Department at the Jamati Institutions at the Secretariat of His Highness the Aga Khan at Aiglemont in France. His work with the institution involves planning and organizing the activities of the Ismaili community institutions wherever they may be found. He also serves a go-between for the institutions of the Ismaili communities in Central Asia and the Aga Khan Development Network. All of his work with the Jamati Institutions and Aga Khan is done on a voluntary basis, which he does to fulfill his community’s tradition of philanthropy and service.
Shafik Sachedina also holds a variety of other positions within the Ismaili community and the Ismaili Imamat. He is the Chairman of FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance International Coordinating Committee, a member of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Committee, and a Member of the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum. In the past, he has also served as the president of the Ismaili Council in the United Kingdom where he stayed on for two terms consecutively. Looking into the future, Shafik Sachedina plans on continuing to serve, both, the health care community, that he has so carefully helped to build, as well as the Ismaili community, which has come to rely on his skills and ability to interface with the Imam as well as to take care of the majority of the needs of the organization.