Shafik Sachedina: A Banner At Ismaili Institute Of Studies

Shafik Sachedina is the head of the Department of Jamati Institutions at the Secretariat at the Aiglemont in France. He actively plans and organizes events for the Ismaili community. Simultaneously, Shafik leads in developing new programs for Aga Khan Development Network. Institute of Ismaili Studies is based in London. The organization promotes the study of Muslim culture to ensure people have a clear understanding of Islam, which would aid their relationships with the faiths. Moreover, the institute enables the people within the Ismaili community to develop conferences that would address the topics and issues that have been neglected.

Shafik Sachedina graduated from Guy’s Hospital & Dental School in the year 1975 as a dental surgeon. After graduation, Shafik went on to practice his career in England for some years. At the same time, Shafik participated in entrepreneurial moves in the healthcare sector. Shafik Sachedina has held many leadership positions in Ismaili community like being a member of the committee for Aga Khan Development Network, member of Ismaili Leader’s International Forum, chairman of the FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance International, and president of Ismaili Council in the United Kingdom. Shafik was born in 1950 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

Institute of Ismaili Studies runs various programs and among them is a three-year graduate program in Ismaili Studies and Humanities. The main aim of the program is to aid students to get a degree in a research field that will open doors to many career opportunities. The program dedicates the last year into studying in a university where the students obtain a master’s degree in line with the program. The other example of a program by the institute is the secondary teacher education program that lasts for two years. The aspiring teachers are given an opportunity to work in the secondary curriculum of the institute to the Ismaili students in the world.

Shafik Sachedina has worked with Mikhail Bogdanov, a deputy foreign minister and presidential representative for Africa & Middle East in giving delegations. They engaged in a talk to solve the terrorism matters affecting the nations in 2017. The need result of the talk was to ensure that there is a lasting solution in bringing the involved governments into an agreement and negotiation process and solve the Syria crisis. He is key in connecting Aga Khan Development Network organizations and their programs with the Ismaili communities in Central Asia. This is a result of his desire to see the best the Ismaili community and embracing the trending development opportunities.


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