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.