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Co-Founder & CEO of Emotiv


Tan Le is recognized as one of the most influential pioneers in the emerging field of brain-computer interface.

An inventor, explorer, and entrepreneur, she is the founder and CEO of EMOTIV, a San Francisco-headquartered neuroinformatics company that is on a mission to improve understanding of the human brain and to develop a platform for researchers, developers, and consumers around the world to be part of a global innovation task force. Her first-of-its-kind “brainwear” reads user’s brainwaves, making it possible to control virtual objects with mere thoughts. Her company’s brainwear is leading the way to a bold new future, tapping into the power of the human brain and pushing the boundaries of our cognitive powers to open up new possibilities for improving performance and health, and ultimately, to prevent disease.

Born in South Vietnam, Tan migrated to Australia as a refugee with her family in 1981. She began university studies at the age of 16 and went on to complete a bachelor's degree in law (honors) and commerce (honors) in 1998 at Monash University. In 1998, Tan was named Young Australian of the Year, catapulting her into a prominent role as a social activist and public speaker. She was voted one of Australia’s 30 Most Successful Women Under 30, and her story was featured in the “Hope” section of the Eternity Exhibition of the National Museum of Australia. Tan was featured in Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology in 2010 and Forbes’ 50 Names You Need to Know in 2011. She was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2013 and has been honored by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a Young Global Leader since 2009. Tan currently serves on the WEF’s Global Future Council on the Future of Neurotechnologies and Brain Science. The WEF’s Network of Global Future Councils is the world’s foremost interdisciplinary knowledge network dedicated to promoting innovative thinking on the future.

Talking Points

Entrepreneurship: Embracing Your Inner Outsider

How do successful entrepreneurs come up with ideas that change the world? Tan Le, chosen by Fast Company as one of the Most Influential Women in Technology in 2010, credits her success in innovation to her early struggles growing up as a Vietnamese refugee and Australian immigrant.

In this moving presentation, Le talks about the moment she realized her outsider status provided a freedom to think differently and helped her succeed as a woman working in biotechnology and engineering-where the challenge is to constantly push the boundaries of what is possible. Le will show audiences how free to themselves from the norms that get people stuck, to look at things with a fresh perspective, and to never stop asking questions.

The NeuroGeneration: How the New Era in Brain Augmentation Is Revolutionizing the Way You Think, Work, and Heal

Due to rapid technological innovations in automation, A.I., and brain augmentation, there will be a dramatic disruption in social systems, political norms, and popular expectations. Society will be forced to rethink the nature of work, the way we interact with each other, and the principles on which we organize our societies. Advances in integrating humans and machines that combine analytical processing powers of computers with the creativity that is uniquely human will change how we think and lead.

In this talk, Tan Le will show automation and A.I. are not the threats they appear to be, but rather our allies as they become part of the new extended, augmented human organism.
Tan's story immediately captured the imagination of the audience, and the depth of the message she shared proved so inspirational that many people were moved to shared how Tan had impacted upon them emotionally. Australian and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ)

Tan Le was one of six guests discussing future thinking with Edward De Bono. In the company of a former Prime Minister, heads of industry and advertising wizards, she not only held her own but often shone.

Watershed Pictures

Your address was thought-provoking, and very well received by the assembled Rotarians. Your words and the manner in which you delivered them were an inspiration to all of those present.

Rotary International

Tan Le is a very articulate young woman with great presentation skills. We have had a very positive response to the lecture with many requests for her to be a speaker at various functions.

The Victoria Women's Council

Tan is an exceptional speaker whose outlook on life is truly inspirational and motivating.

QANTAS Airways Ltd

We would like to thank you for your time and your most enlightening and informative address. Your input at our convention helped make it the success it was.

United Israel Appeal

A delightful personality, which shined through in her presentation. She was a great ambassador for young Australia and for Vodafone.

Michels Warren Public Relations

Tan was the perfect person to speak at our breakfast. She was truly inspiring and our guests couldn't stop talking about her.

Monash Institute of Reproduction & Development

…an articulate, entertaining, informative and enlightening speaker.

Loddon Murray Community Leadership Pogram

Tan Le was very inspirational and her passion motivated a lot of listeners, here are their comments: 1. Extremely inspirational and motivational. 2. She wrapped it up with one solid phrase/ one solid idea. 3. A very inspirational speaker and a great example of how we can all influence the communities we are in.

Department of Fianance and Administration

Tan Le is an extrodinarily gifted speaker with the ability to engage and move an audience in an intimate way.

United Nations - High Commissioner for refugees

Tan’s message was an inspiration to all present by showing that a great leader is someone who can vision the future and inspire others to achieve it.

Loddon Murray Community

Tan Le is a very articulate young woman with great presentation skills. We have had a very positive response to the lecture with many requests for her to be a speaker at various functions.

The Victorian Women’s Council
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