On October 2nd of 2017 Shafik Sachedina led a delegation consisting of the Aga Khan Foundation. He serves the Nizari Ismailis Prince Karim Aga Khan IV as his personal represenitive. The delegation was received by the Middle East’s Special Presidential Representative, Deputy Foreign Minister and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov.
The main focus of the discussion was the situation currently taking in the Middle East. The emphasis of the discussion was placed on the developments in Afghanistan and Syria. The principled and consistent position of Russia was praised by Shafik Sachedina. He felt their position favoring solving conflicts with a peaceful and fast solution in the region was far superior to fighting extremism and terrorism by waging a fight without compromise.
During the discussions regarding current issues in relation to Syria an emphasis was placed on how important the establishment of a constructive process for negotiations between the Syrian Arabic Republic and the government is for everyone involved. This concerns the promotion of a political solution to the current crisis in Syria that follows Security Council Resolution 2254 of the UN.
Dr. Shafik Sachedina shoulders a lot of responsibilities in his current position at the Jamati Institutions. He coordinates all programs and activities relevant to the sixteen areas where the institutions for the Ismaili community are currently in operation. Dr. Shafik Sachedina is additionally responsible for interfacing with the institutions and programs of the Aga Khan Development Network located in Central Asia. This is in relation to the Ismaili communities.
Dr. Shafik Sachedina was born in 1950 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. In 1975 he became a dental surgeon after attending Guy’s Hospital Medical and Dental School. He remained in London and practiced for numerous years in England. Dr. Shafik Sachedina entered the healthcare sector after developing numerous entrepreneurial interests. He’s the joint chairman of Sussex Healthcare. He works with both the Jamati Institutions and the Aga Khan in a strictly voluntary capacity. He believes in the tradition of his community for voluntary service.
Dr. Shafik Sachedina serves the Board of Governors for the Institute as a member. His work for the Ismaili community and Imamat additionally involves several other positions. This includes being a member of the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum, the Aga Khan Development Network Committee, the Co-coordinating Committee for FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance International and the Aiglemont. Dr. Shafik Sachedina has previously volunteered for two consecutive terms on the Ismaili Council as President in relation to the United Kingdom.