Who is Dr. Shafik Sachedina?
Dr. Shafik Sachedina originated from Tanzania. Born in Dar-es-Salaam in 1950, he grew up to be a notable dental surgeon. He worked in 1975 at the Guy’s Hospital Medical and Dental School at the University of London after his migration. Eventually, Mr. Sachedina went to England and continued his work in the dental industry for several years.
Alongside his work as a dental practitioner, Shafik Sachedina has acquired several entrepreneurial ventures in the healthcare system. Mr. Sachedina also has a volunteer spirit, as he participated in The Institute of Ismaili Studies while working with the Aga Khan.
Dr. Shafik Sachedina’s Volunteerism
Aside from being part of the Institute Board of Governors, Dr. Sachedina was able to attain other volunteer positions. At present, he coordinates the work for the Ismaili Imamat and their respective communities. He is also part of the Aga Khan Development Network which is located in Aiglemont and a present chairman in FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance International Coordinating Committee. His dedication to volunteer work has gained him recognition among his peers and is currently esteemed as one of the most philanthropic businessmen of his time.
At one point, Mr. Sachedina was also given the privilege of being a member of the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum. He has the heart and passion to give back to underserved communities that is why he also became the President of the Ismaili Council in the United Kingdom.
The Institute of Ismaili Studies
The Institute of Ismaili studies is a research body located in London. Its primary purpose is to help people study the Muslim culture, both in ancient and modern context. This will allow individuals to understand how Muslim culture can be integrated into the society and how people who live by Islam can foster good relationships with others.
The research body also serves as a way for the Muslim community to unite and be tolerant of each other’s differences, which often occurs in between the Shiite Muslims and the esoteric Islam practitioners. The researchers hope that there will be lesser stigmas attached to the Muslim community when they gain a deeper understanding of what the Muslim culture is all about. At present, the institute contains several publications that are made by scholars and researchers to help increase awareness of the different aspects of Islam. Their library contains one of the largest collection of Ismaili texts in the world.
Dr. Shafik Sachedina hopes to contribute by being part of this research team to help foster unity between different Muslim cultures and other religions.