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Tan Le

A technology entrepreneur, business executive and sought-after keynote speaker, Tan Le is the Founder & CEO of EMOTIV, a neuroengineering company specialising in breakthrough brain interface technology for those with developmental disorders. Hugely passionate and inspiring, Tan moves audiences with her vision to democratise this revolutionary technology.

A technology entrepreneur, business executive and sought-after keynote speaker, Tan Le is the Founder & CEO of EMOTIV, a neuroengineering company specializing in electroencephalography (EEG) headsets: a breakthrough interface technology for digital media that takes inputs directly from the brain.

Her vision is to implement the inexpensive cognitive and neurological monitoring of various developmental disorders, including autism, epilepsy, learning disabilities, and ADHD. 

As well as ensuring her company's products are affordable enough for the consumer, Tan hopes to promote innovation from individuals, research groups and companies.

Indeed, the revolutionary technology transforms the way we interact with computers, with potential applications spanning a diverse array of industries – from gaming to interactive television, everyday computer interactions, hands-free control systems, smart adaptive environments, art, accessibility design, market research, psychology, medicine, robotics, automotive, transport safety, defense and security.

Plans for introducing EMOTIV into these and other broad realms are well established with developers and researchers in over 120 countries already working with the technology.

Tan's story is an inspirational one and was featured in the ‘Hope’ section of the Eternity Exhibition of the National Museum of Australia.

Born in Vietnam, Tan arrived in Australia as a refugee at the age of four. At 18, she became the president of the Vietnamese Community of Footscray Association, established to find employment for Vietnamese Australians; in this role, she made a number of contributions to charities and newspapers throughout Melbourne.

She went on to complete a combined Bachelor of Commerce/Laws (Honors) and to start her career with one of Australia’s leading law firms.

In 1998, she was named Young Australian of the Year and voted one of Australia’s ‘30 Most Successful Women Under 30’. Her acceptance speech earned a standing ovation and was described the most moving ever heard in the New Parliament House.

In 2000, Tan co-founded SASme, a wireless technology company, providing SMPP platforms to telecommunication carriers and content aggregators in Australia, Asia and Europe. She helped grow SASme to thirty-five employees and multiple locations worldwide.

She has also been featured in Who’s Who in Australia since 1999; listed in Who’s Who of Australian Women in 2007 & 2008; appeared in Fast Company’s ‘Most Influential Women in Technology’ in 2010; and honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader since 2009.

Tan was a Special Visitor to the United Kingdom as a guest of the British High Commission and Foreign Commonwealth Office, a Goodwill Ambassador for Australia in Asia and is a Patron of the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development Program.

She has also been an Ambassador for the Status of Women since 2001. Appointed to a number of prominent Boards including Plan International Australia, Australian Citizenship Council, National Committee for Human Rights Education in Australia, RMIT Business in Entrepreneurship and the Centre for the Mind.


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