When Shakif Sachedina Is Not Busy Running His Company Sussex Health Care, He Spends His Time Giving Back To The Ismaili Community

Born in Dar-es-Salaam in 1950 into the Ismaili community – a sect of Shia Islam, Shafik Sachedina has gone on to have an incredible career in the field of healthcare on both the practitioner and the administrative side of the industry.

Shafik studied at the renowned Guy’s Hospital Medical and Dental School at the University of London. The years after attaining his degree saw Shafik engaged in the dental field as a dental surgeon. After success in this arena, he shifted his focus to entrepreneurial opportunities within the healthcare industry.

Today Shafik is the Joint Chairman of his own organization Sussex Health Care Company located in Sussex, England. The company operates numerous care homes around the region that focus on elderly patients and patients suffering from mental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries and different Alzheimer’s and Dementia related issues. The organization is highly respected and has been honored with numerous awards for its work in this area of the healthcare industry.

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Shafik Sachedina is also very passionate about his Ismaili heritage and has been involved in a number of organizations that focus on the Ismaili community. He has important roles in several major organizations within the Ismaili community. He serves on the Board of Governors of the Institute of Ismaili Studies, an important cultural institute based out of London, England. He is also Chairman of the Ismaili Leaders International Forum. The Institute of Ismaili Studies does research that focusses on the history of Islam as well as contemporary Islamic cultures. A strong emphasis is placed on understanding the way in which Muslim cultures interact with other religions and cultural groups. Shakif also serves in a voluntary manner as the Head of the Department of Jamati Institutions where he coordinates programs for the Ismaili community in its 16 principal areas. Voluntary service is an important virtue in the Ismaili community, something that Shafik has always taken very seriously.

Previously Shafik Sachedina served as Chairman for the humanitarian relief organization FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance International.

How Entrepreneur Ara Chackerian Helped Villagers In Nicaragua And The Environment At The Same Time

Ara Chackarian of San Francisco wears a lot of professional hats. He’s an entrepreneur who has started a number of companies. He also owns an investment firm where he invests in healthcare firms in their early stages who he thinks have really great management and a product and/or service which will dramatically improve patient outcomes. He also does a lot of angel investing where he gives money to startups with great ideas where the motive is more to help them out rather than to derive a profit. He is also big on sustainability and philanthropy and enjoys helping the environment and social causes.

His investment firm is called ASC Capital Holdings, LLC, a firm he established in June 2007. Among the company’s that Ara Chackerian has founded is a company called TMS Health Solutions in the Bay Area. They have a number of locations scattered around this region which helps people who have depression but for which conventional therapies don’t work. He says he found out about an innovative way of treating them which has received FDA approval and decided this sounded like a great thing to be doing for people. Among the several other companies he has served on the board for, lending his extensive business experience, are among others Mint Medical Education, PipelineRX, and the aforementioned TMS Health Solutions. You can visit Vimeo to see more.

Ara Chackerian enjoys helping people and the environment He bought a teak farm in Nicaragua, for example. He put the teak farm where people had been grazing their farm animals. The problem was that to graze their animals they kept chopping down more and more of the rainforest. He solved this problem by putting his teak farm there and then hiring the villagers who had been doing this. They now work on a sustainable farm where they don’t have to chop down very valuable trees which destroys not only the trees but also all the animals that depend on them for their lives. That this farm also turns out beautiful teak that can be used to make great furniture and flooring really is the icing on the cake for Ara Chackerian.

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Dick DeVos: Philanthropic Work

Dick DeVos, the husband of Betsy DeVos, is a businessman, entrepreneur, and political activist. He is also a philanthropist. In fact, examples of his charity work were recently brought to the fore with Betsy DeVos’ recent nomination to the position of Secretary of Education. Recently, Dick and Betsy DeVos released details on their charity work.

 

Charity Work

The couple not only released the information to the vetting committee but to the public as well. Seen as a gesture of transparency, the report revealed that the DeVos have donated almost $139 million through the years to help support various charitable organizations. The bulk of their donations were given to education systems.

 

The couple gave $11 million in 2015. 26 percent of that was given to the education programs. The couple reports that they hope to address the various issues in the public school system. Dick and his wife also help Rehoboth Christian School, Northwood University, West Michigan Aviation Academy, and the Ferrari State University in Big Rapids among others.

Additionally, in 2006, Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy gave $12.5 million towards the physical construction of the Children’s Hospital via the Spectrum Health System. In fact, they were reported to be the top contributors in funding the center. It was named after Richard DeVos and his wife Helen DeVos, who provided financial relief to the numerous families who would have otherwise not been able to receive much-needed medical services.

 

Dick DeVos’ Work History

Richard (Dick) DeVos has a substantial resume. Here are some highlights:

 

Amway

DeVos began his successful career run in 1974. That was the year he signed on with the Amway company. The Amway company is private, family-owned business that is centered on multi-level marketing (MLM).

 

Upon hiring on with the company, DeVos was put in charge of a number of different departments including development, finance, marketing, research, and sales. In 1984 he became the vice president of the company. He was responsible for supervising business operations in 18 countries.

 

DeVos has helped the company grow by opening additional offices on other continents. He held the position for a total of seven years. At that point, he moved on to the Orlando Magic.

 

In 1991 Richard DeVos Sr took over as the owner of the Orlando Magic and Dick worked as the company president. In 1993, Dick DeVos left that position to work as the president of Amway. At that time he took charge of restructuring the MLM business.

 

DeVos chose to downsize the company as part of the restructuring. This resulted in the creation of the Alticor Company. DeVos worked as the company president until his retirement 2002. He would, however, go on to take the position of president of the Windquest Company.