The Honourable Senator A. Kohilan Pillay was born on the 24th July 1967. He graduated with a Bachelor of Economic (Hons.) from the Connaught University, Republic of Ireland in 1991. He later pursued and completed his postgraduate degree, Master of Science (M. Sc) Commercial and Industrial Economy from the Pacific Western University, United States of America in 1992.
He authored the book Macroeconomic STPM (Answering Strategy) published by Fajar Oxford in 2002, which is currently used as a reference and revision books in Malaysian Secondary Schools. He also authored the book Microeconomic STPM (Complete Notes) which was published by Fajar Oxford in 2004, a book which is also used as a reference and revision books in Malaysian Secondary Schools.
The Honourable Senator A. Kohilan Pillay a/l G. Appu is a member of the Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia (GERAKAN), NATIONAL FRONT (BN) since 1990. He was appointed to the position of Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia on April 10, 2009. Previously, he was Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities.
He was also conferred with the award of "Darjah Kebesaran Ahli Sultan Salahuddin Aziz Shah (ASA)" award in2001 and the "Anugerah Darjah Kebesaran Ahli Mahkota Selangor (AMS)" award in 2006.