Lisa Cahill

Lisa Cahill is the CEO & Artistic Director of the Australian Design Centre (ADC). Since 2016, she has developed and presented six annual Sydney Craft Week Festivals and has been published extensively, including as the host of ADC’s new podcast: Stories in Craft and Design.

With more than 30 years experience, just prior to joining ADC, she was the founding CEO of the Australian Design Alliance. She has held various government roles in Canberra and Melbourne, a stint as a ministerial adviser, SBS, the Australia Council for the Arts and the City of Sydney. She was also research manager for the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies. Working variously as a curator, writer, and creative producer in the visual and performing arts, Lisa co-curated the Australian exhibition for the Triennale of Craft in Kanazawa, Japan in 2013.

Currently Lisa is co-chair of the Australian Craft and Design Centre Network and is a member of the Council of the Sydney Culture Network. She holds a Bachelor of Communications in Professional Writing at the University of Canberra and a Masters of Arts Administration from the University of New South Wales, and is a Fellow of the Gordon Darling Foundation Museum Leadership Program.