Jennifer Alia Wittman
Executive Director


Jennifer Alia Wittman has been a leader in the Inayati Order for over 20 years and has an extensive background founding, stabilizing, growing and advancing nonprofit organizations. Initiated by Amida Cary in 1996, she soon began to serve as a youth leader in the Order. A member of the Board of the Inayati Order from 2001–2006, she was a graduate of the first class of Suluk Academy (Kafur) in 2007.

Prior to her work with the Inayati Order, Alia was extensively involved in the youth service movement, being appointed to numerous state commissions and national projects. In the 1990s, Alia was a young leader in the National Service movement, helping to establish AmeriCorps in Maryland. In 1998, she was hired to be the Executive Director of Hands On Baltimore, a volunteer organization dedicated to working with every segment of Baltimore’s community, from grassroots organizers to corporate leadership.

After years of such service, Alia was guided to work with the Inayati Order. In 2002, she took over as General Manager of Omega Publications (now Suluk Press), the publishing arm of the Inayati Order. In 2006, Alia co-founded and became the first Executive Director of Seven Pillars House of Wisdom, promoting sustainable ecological systems and the inner life, as well as cross-cultural and interspiritual understanding.

In 2014, Alia took over as Interim Manager of the Inayati Order–North America and the Abode of the Message, before being hired solely as Executive Director of the Inayati Order in the fall of 2015.

Yaqin Aubert
Esoteric Secretary

yaqinheadshot2015Yaqin Joseph Aubert is the esoteric secretary to Pir Zia Inayat Khan, head of the Inayati Order.  Yaqin has been studying in Sufism for more than 40 years and is a senior teacher in the Order. He was a student of Pir Zia’s father Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan. Yaqin is a Cherag (minister) in the Universal Worship, and has been a teacher in the Suluk Academy. He is a founding member and former director of both the Abode of the Message, a spiritual community and retreat center in upstate New York, and Mountain Road School. Yaqin is a storyteller, retreat guide and leads group retreats and seminars in North America.

If you have questions about Pir Zia Inayat-Khan’s work or how to become better acquainted with the spiritual teachings of the Inayati Order, please contact

Satya Inayat Khan
Director of Communications

satyaSatya Inayat Khan was raised in the Inayati Order community and took initiation in 1992. She enjoys Mastery and the Rules and has studied kung fu for over fifteen years. Satya graduated from Suluk Academy (Kafur) in 2007. She does freelance web development and online marketing at Loyal Hound Studio, and also writes one-minute stories at Unfolded Note. You can contact her for any needs related to the Inayati Order’s website, social media and email lists, or general outreach and communications. She lives in Fairfax, CA.

Chris ‘Jalila’ Maddox
Suluk Academy Administrator

chrismaddox_croppedChris ‘Jalila’ Maddox, a graduate of the Suluk’s Gulzar Class of 2015, is an experienced organizer and teacher. She is founder of The Wild Woman Project & WILD WOMAN FEST (held annually at the Abode of the Message’s Mountain Camp) where she teaches women all over the world how to lead Women’s Circles in their local communities and offers related Workshops on a variety of topics. She has worked as a yoga teacher, event organizer, and grassroots marketing director with organizations including YogaWorks & Lucid Body. She has created teacher training curriculum and organization for both the Lucid Body Teacher Training & Radiance Yoga Teacher Training. Chris resides, happily, just outside of Asheville, NC with her two cats & partner.


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