Shafik Sachedina, Ismaili Institute Board Member, Leads Delegation In Discussion With Mikhail Bogdanov

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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Dr. Shafik Sachedina serves at the Jamati Institutions as its departmental head. Shafik Sachedina’s roles entail the coordinating of various programs and initiatives organized by the Ismaili community’s institutions. The institutions are found in sixteen different locations around the globe. Additionally, Dr. Shafik Sachedina plays significant roles in creating substantial interfaces with prestigious organizations like the Aga Khan Development Network on behalf of the Ismaili people. Shafik Sachedina’s success trajectory roots from his background in Tanzania where he was born and raised. He qualified as a dental surgeon in 1975; having been certified by the Guy’s Medical and Dental Institutions. Since his qualification as a medical practitioner, Shafik Sachedina has been operational in England for many years now.

Besides being a professional dental surgeon, Shafik Sachedina possesses other interests directed towards entrepreneurial operations in the healthcare industry. His popularity in the healthcare segment has placed him in various board memberships of multiple companies. Shafik Sachedina is a member of Aiglemont, Humanitarian Assistance initiatives, and the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum. Besides impacting these groups, Shafik Sachedina is operational at Sussex Healthcare. In Sachedina’s opinion, university qualifications are a primary factor to the providence of quality and satisfying services to clients in any workplace. According to, Dr. Shafik is mostly intrigued by his staff due to their utilization of their expansive knowledge and wisdom in the offering of services to customers. His passion for quality drove him to the launching of a qualification university program to the next generation staff members of Sussex Health Care.

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As a pioneer of Sussex Health Care, Shafik Sachedina maintains the company’s focus directed towards the providence of health care services to the elderly as well as individuals suffering from mental illnesses. Shafik Sachedina coordinates the company’s operations thus ensuring the proper utilization of the organization’s facilities. As an entrepreneur in the segment, Shafik Sachedina provides the maintenance of Sussex Health Care’s popularity in the market throughout the Sussex area. The healthcare organization is preferred in its niche due to its offering of diversified personalized health care packages. For individuals with learning disabilities, the team has set aside customized ways for their assistance. Shafik Sachedina comprehends the relevance of quality in propelling healing. As such, Dr. Sachedina has facilitated the equipping process of Sussex Health Care with sophisticated gadgets used during treatment. Additionally, Sussex Health Care is comprised of therapeutic interventions available at anytime courtesy of Shafik Sachedina. Dr. Shafik Sachedina demonstrates excellence standards required for success in any field.

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Healthy Eating and Healthy Living-Thanks Nathaniel Ru

Sweetgreen is a top notch first rate salad chain with food items that are organic, fresh, healthy, delicious, and homegrown (high points in the food industry). Currently, Sweetgreen is in forty locations nationwide, all of which have lines of customers around the corner on a daily basis. Nathaniel Ru, co-founder and co-CEO of Sweetgreen says ” We are building a brand. We want people to feel better about food.” The “We” refers to Jonathan Neman and Nicolas Jammet(co CEOs and co founders with Nathaniel Ru). They opened their first restaurant in August, 2007. Learn more:


Traditional food chains should take a lesson from the CEOs. Aside from serving healthier food items, the CEO trio also incorporates modern technology. Approximately thirty percent of their transactions are handled through either their website through their app or both. Ru says “Technology has always been apart of our DNA.”


Nathaniel Ru and his co-founders are also thinking of new strategies for management. For example, in order to connect and stay connected to their customers, Sweetgreen closes virtually all of their corporate offices five times per year in order to allow everyone to work in the restaurants. Sweetgreen recently opened new corporate offices in Los Angeles, CA. There are no headquarters of Sweetgreen. Ru says “We don’t believe in corporate headquarters. We want to decentralize our head count.”


Nathaniel Ru and his co founders and co CEOs have a few things in common. One thing is that they all attended an entrepreneurship classes together at Georgetown University. Second, they all saw the need for healthier foods in their community. Third, they collaborated and opened Sweetgreen for the good of others, and they all have first generation immigrant parents who have all started their own businesses.


The CEO trio knew they would be successful when they survived the first winter break after graduating from college and all the students left for vacation and they thrived.


“Fortune” asked Nathaniel Ru what advice he would give to his younger self. Ru responded “I would read more books. Even more than you think you have time for.” When asked what he thought the hardest thing was about management, Ru indicated that the three of them knew and did everything in the company. “The hardest thing was to form a team around usand let go of some of the work.”


The CEO trio, Nathaniel Ru, Jonathan Neman, and Nicolas Jammet, were all placed on “The Fortune Entrepreneurs” list. Learn more: