Pilar Kasat

Pilar is Former Managing Director of CANWA, and led the organisation to become nationally recognised for its work in community arts and cultural development practice. She is on the Board of the Chamber of Arts and Culture of WA.

Pilar Kasat grew up in Chile under the repressive military regime of General Pinochet. In her early 20s she fled to Australia where she has become a recognised leader and advocate for diversity, the arts and cultural sectors in Australia. In the past 10 years Pilar has held senior positions in arts organisations and on arts boards. During her career she has been involved in high-level national policy forums and has passionately promoted the value of community arts, cultural diversity and sustainability.

Pilar is an experienced and engaging presenter. Some of her recent speaking commitments include: the 6th International Conference on Community Psychology in South Africa; the 9th European Congress of Community Psychology in Italy; the 5th World Summit on Arts and Culture and the national ADC Cities Forum on ‘Enhancing Livability’ in Melbourne; and the Leadership WA Raising Leaders Program in Perth. Pilar is an avid traveller and she is passionate about social justice.

Pilar holds a Bachelor of Education, a Master of Sustainability and Social Change and currently is undertaking doctoral studies at Curtin University.