Dr Shafik Sachedina is one of the few individuals who has made a name for themselves in the field of medicine and philanthropy. He is known for his ability to relate well with others, understand their positions, show empathy and uplift the less privileged. He is a resilient person who believes that everybody has a chance to rise again despite the obstacles that attempt to bring them down. Dr Shafik Sachedina’s critical personal attributes and professional competency has made him a key figure in London’s business landscape and among the Ismaili community.
Dr Sachedina was born in 1950 in Tanzania, Dar Es Salaam to be precise. He was born in a humble background, and the identity of parents remains a mystery to many. Shafik migrated to the United Kingdom when he was a teenager and enrolled for studies in a college run by Guy Medical Hospital, a highly respected medical facility located in London. He then registered for further studies in London Dental School, where he specialized in dentistry. He finally graduated with a dental surgery degree in 1975.
Since he graduated, Dr Shafik Sachedina has touched the lives of many through his profession as a dentist and his commitment to philanthropy. His compassion and desire to help the unfortunate in the society inspired him to join the Institute of Ismaili Studies. The primary aim of the institute is to create awareness among the Muslim communities through initiatives that seek to promote Islamic religion all over the world. He has played key leadership roles in the institute since he joined.
Apart from working with the Institute of Ismaili Studies, Dr Shafik Sachedina is a member of the Aga Khan Development Network, a nonprofit that coordinates and oversees the economic wellbeing of Muslims across the world. He works as the chairman of humanitarian assistance on the network. Dr Shafik Sachedina is also a joint chairman of Sussex Healthcare, a leading senior living network in the UK. He was part of the task force that helped Sussex Healthcare expand to a 23-home network across the United Kingdom. The healthcare also offers specialized care to people suffering from learning disabilities, neurological problems, dementia and Alzheimer’s.