Shafik Sachedina, born in 1950 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, is currently a board member at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, England. The Institute of Ismaili Studies is a research institute that promotes the study of modern and historical Muslim cultures and societies and hopes to promote understanding between Muslim cultures and faiths and the members of other cultures and faiths. Specifically, Dr. Sachedina holds a position as the Head of the Department of Jamali Institutions.
Dr. Sachedina was educated at the University of Kings College in England, Guy’s Hospital Medical and Dental School, graduating in 1975 with an MD and qualified as a dental surgeon. Prior to his involvement with the Institute of Ismaili Studies, Dr. Sachedina founded and owned Sussex Healthcare, a philanthropic organization dedicated to caring for the aging community. He is currently the Joint Chairman of this group.
Dr. Sachedina does not only have involvement in the Institute of Ismaili Studies in England – he is involved with the coordination of activities and programs related to the Ismaili community in 16 different areas where there are Ismaili Institutes. He’s involved in the budgets of these programs, He is also the Secretariat of the Aga Khan, Prince Karim Aga Khan IV. The title Aga Khan is given to the spiritual leader of the Nizari Ismailis and was first granted in 1818 to the then Ismaili Imam by the Shah of Persia. Currently, the Aga Khan is located at Aiglemont in France. Dr. Sachedina is also a member of the Aga Khan Development Network Committee in Aiglemont, a chairman of the FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance Co-ordinating Committee, and a member of the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum. He also served as the President of the Ismaili Council for the United Kingdom for two consecutive terms.
Recently, a delegation of the Aga Khan foundation met with the Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Mikhail Bogdanov. As the personal representative of the Aga Khan, Dr. Sachedina lead this delegation. During this meeting, they discussed the current political situation in the Middle East. Dr. Sachedina highly approved of Russia’s fight against extremism and terrorism, praising the Russian minister. In their discussion of problems to do with Syria, the group discussed what sort of negotiation should occur between the Syrian Arab Republic’s government and their opposition.
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