Dr. Shafik Sachedina is the head of the Department of Jamati Institutions at the Secretarial at the Aiglemont in France. He organizes events for the Ismaili community and also leads in developing programs for the Aga Khan Development Network. The Institute of Ismaili Studies, located in London, hopes to promote studying Muslim culture in order for people to get a better understanding of Islam and help better relationships with people of other faiths. It also helps people within the Islami community have a conference together and lets people within the community talk about subjects that are often neglected, like esoteric Islam and Shi’ism.
He graduated from Guy’s Hospital and Dental School in 1975 to be a dental surgeon, where he went on to practice in England for years. He has also participated in being an entrepreneur in healthcare-related efforts. Shafik Sachefina has held other positions within the Ismaili community, including being a part of the Aga Khan Development Network Committee, Chairman of FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance International, member of the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum and president of the Ismaili Council for the United Kingdom.
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The Institute of Ismaili Studies has many programs, including the Graduate Programme in Ismaili Studies and Humanities, which lasts 3 years. The goal of this program is to help students earn a research degree that will lead to career opportunities. The final year of this program is dedicated to studying in a university, where students hope to obtain a master’s degree that is related to the program. The second program is the Secondary Teacher Education Programme, a two-year program that helps aspiring teachers work in teaching the Institute’s secondary curriculum to Ismaili students around the world.
In 2017 Shafik Sachedina worked with the Deputy Foreign Minister and presidential representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov to give a delegation. They spoke on the current issues happening in the Middle East, in regards to Syria and Afghanistan. In talking about terrorism, they hoped to come to a solution in order to develop a negotiating process for the government of the Syrian Arab Republic and its opposition to solve the Syrian crisis.
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