Shafik Sachedina: From Dentist To Ismaili Leader

Established in 1977, the Institute of Ismaili Studies, headquartered in London, was created to foster learning and scholarship within and around the Islamic community, taking a combination of historic and contemporary perspectives to examine Islam as a religion, and its connections to, and influences on, the broader world.

The Institute also maintains a large and diverse collection of Islamic scholarly works pertaining to Muslim culture and its history. The organization operates under a broad leadership structure, with Dr. Shafik Sachedina acting as the Head of the Department of Jamati Institutions.

Dr. Sachedina brings to the Institute a diverse and global set of views, spanning his birth and childhood in Tanzania to his university studies in the U.K., leading to him becoming a British citizen. Dr. Sachedina oversees the Institute’s work and on-going projects in 16 different regions, as well as acting as a liaison with the Aga Khan Development Network, and several other Ismaili institutions, including a commission as the Chairman of FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance International, a member of the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum, and president of the Ismaili Council for the United Kingdom.

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Outside of his voluntary work with the Institute, Dr. Sachedina first came to the U.K. to study dentistry at Guy’s Hospital Medical and Dental School at the University of London. His practice as a dental surgeon led to his involvement in various business ventures in the healthcare industry, most notably as a current co-chair of Sussex Healthcare, a successful group of care and rehabilitative centers in the south of England. His dedication to the company, partnered with his co-chair, hotelier Shiraz Boghani, has seen Sussex Healthcare expand to more than 20 facilities, as one of the premier senior and adult care programs in the country.

From the time of his childhood in Dar-Es-Salaam, Dr. Sachedina has been able to transition his dedication to healing, and his community, into these varied ventures that help unite people by bringing about a better understanding of history, and also innovating for the future. Their connection may not be obvious, but through all the strands of his life, his education, his career in dentistry, his leadership at Sussex Healthcare, and his devotion to the Ismaili community, Dr. Shafik Sachedina, whether intentionally or not, brings people together, lifts them up, and shows them a happier, healthier, way forward. The Institute of Ismaili Studies will continue to thrive and grow under Dr. Sachedina’s guiding influence.