In his capacity as Head of the Department of Jamati Institutions at the Secretariat of His Highness the Aga Khan at Aiglemont in France, Shafik Sachedina is responsible for coordinating the activities and programmes of the Ismaili community's institutions in the 16 principal areas where such institutions exist. Dr Sachedina is also responsible for interfacing with the Aga Khan Development Network programmes and institutions of the Ismaili communities in Central Asia.
Born in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania in 1950, Dr Sachedina qualified as a dental surgeon in 1975 from Guy's Hospital Medical and Dental School, University of London, and has practised in England for many years. He has also developed substantial entrepreneurial interests in the health-care sector. His work with the Aga Khan and Jamati Institutions is undertaken in a voluntary capacity, in keeping with the community's long-standing tradition of voluntary service.
In addition to being a member of the Institute's Board of Governors, Dr Sachedina holds several other positions in the work he undertakes for the Ismaili Imamat and community, including Member of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Committee, Aiglemont; Chairman of FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance International Co-ordinating Committee; and Member of the Ismaili Leaders' International Forum. Previously, Dr Sachedina has served in many other voluntary capacities, including two consecutive terms as President of the Ismaili Council for the United Kingdom.