Nuria is the Joint General Representative with Murshid Nawab Pasnak, appointed successor of Murshid Hidayat Inayat Khan.
Professor Emerita Stephanie Nuria Sabato's studies of world religions have taken her on spiritual pilgrimages throughout Europe, the Middle East, and India. On her first journey to India in 1990 she met Mother Teresa and His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama.

In February 2016 Nuria was nominated successor of Murshid Karimbakhsh Witteveen, Joint General Representative (President and Head) of the International Sufi Movement, a position held Jointly with Murshid Hidayat Inayat-Khan (Son of Hazrat Inayat Khan). In March 2016 her appointment was ratified.
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Nuria Stephanie Sabato
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Nuria Stephanie Sabato
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at Ghost River 2017
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at Ghost River 2017
She considers it an honor and privilege to serve the Sufi Message as a Senior Representative and to have received training under the guidance of Murshid Hidayat.

Nuria has been a Sufi initiate for over three decades, and has dedicated herself to a Path of inner study and outward service to the Sufi Message as brought by Hazrat Inayat Khan. In 2009 Nuria was appointed a member of the Pir-o-Murshid Council, Secretary of the Brother/Sisterhood Work for the Western Hemisphere, Secretary of the Esoteric Inner School of the USA, and to a seat on the Executive Committee of the International Sufi Movement.

Nuria has taught meditation throughout the US, Europe, and India. She has also been initiated by His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, Achok Rinpoche, Ribur Rinpoche, and Rabjam Rinpoche. His Eminence Khamtrul Rinpoche is her personal Buddhist guide and teacher.

In 1997 Nuria co-founded the Jamtse Tsokpa Foundation-Association of Compassion. The Foundation is dedicated to raising and distributing aid to suffering exiled Tibetan Refugees. Her work has received recognition by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Nuria has been involved in the education of artists and designers for over twenty-five years. The American Institute of Graphic Artists has honored her with the AIGA Fellow Lifetime Achievement Award. Nuria has been honored by the Fulbright Foundation as a Fulbright Scholar appointed to Morocco.
The teachings of Inayat Khan and other sufi teachers have allowed me a framework from which I interpret the world and a way to polish the mirror of the heart so that I can both enjoy the beauty found in our daily lives and withstand the pain and sorrow that is also a part of being human. I don't know what my life would be like without this framework and I try daily to live up to the ideals expressed so eloquently in the teachings of Inayat Khan.