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Ms. Lyla Kohistany

Ms. Lyla Kohistany

Advisory Council Member, Global SOF Foundation

Lyla is a U.S. Navy veteran (Surface Warfare/Intelligence). She deployed to Afghanistan three times alongside U.S. and NATO Special Operations Forces - once as a Naval Intelligence Officer (2005) and twice as a civilian Cultural Advisor (2011 and 2013-2014). 


Since 2015, Lyla has been an independent consultant focused on cross-cultural intelligence and organizational performance. She is also the co-founder/director of two nonprofits. PROMOTE focuses on innovation through cross-functional teams and Honor the Promise focuses on the long-term resiliency of our Afghan Special Operations partners rebuilding their lives in the U.S. 


Committed to the veteran community, Lyla was a 2018 Scholar at the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s Veteran Leadership Program. She is an Ambassador for the Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation, a member of the Global SOF Foundation’s Advisory Council, The Honor Foundation’s Board of Directors and served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Virginia Board of Veterans Services (2017-2021). 


Lyla completed a nonresident Senior Fellowship at the Atlantic Council and is pursuing a Doctor of Education (EdD) in Arizona State University’s Leadership and Innovation program. She is a Star Wars aficionado, international traveler, and spends every free moment with her niece and nephews.


  • We are extremely excited USSOCOM selected GSOF to co-sponsor its newly envisioned “SOF Week” in 2023. SOF Week will be a national convention for U.S. SOF and include a more diverse slate of programs, to include professional development sessions, operator-driven discussions, and family-focused conversations. In 2020, GSOF was designated as a National Military Association by the U.S. Department of Defense, and we look forward to working with USSOCOM to make “SOF Week” an impactful event.
    Stuart Bradin
    President and CEO, GSOF


Co-sponsorship of this event does not imply endorsement of GSOF, its services, or products by the United States Government, the Department of Defense, or U.S. Special Operations Command.