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Co-founder and CEO of Emotiv.


Tan Le (BCom (Hons), LLB (Hons)) is Founder & CEO of EMOTIV, a bioinformatics company advancing understanding of the human brain and enabling early identification of biomarkers for mental and other neurological conditions using electroencephalography (EEG). She is a technology innovator, entrepreneur, business executive and sought-after speaker.

Previous experience

In 2003 Tan co-founded Emotiv Systems, a neuroengineering company that developed a break- through interface technology for digital media taking inputs directly from the brain. Applications for the technology and interface span an amazing variety of potential industries - from gaming to interactive television, everyday computer interactions, hands-free control system, smart adaptive environments, art, accessibility design, market research, psychology, medicine, robotics, automotive, transport safety, defense and security. Today, Emotiv's award winning technology (Red Dot Award, AutoVision Innovations Award, Australian International Design Awards, Australian Engineering Excellence Awards) is a recognized world leader and pioneer in this field of brain computer interface with developers and researchers in over 100 countries.

Before she co-founded Emotiv Systems, Tan co-founded and ran SASme International, a pioneer in providing Short Message Peer-to-Peer (SMPP) platforms to telecommunication carriers and content aggregators, with branches in Asia and Europe. Ms Le was part of negotiating a successful merger for SASme in 2003.

Tan was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2013. A recipient of numerous awards including the G'Day USA Global Innovation Awards 2014, Advance Global Australian Award for ICT in 2012, AutoVision Innovations Award, Monash University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011. She has been featured in the Who's Who in Australia list since 1999, Fast Company's Most Influential Women in Technology in 2010 and Forbes' 50 Names You Need to Know in 2011.

She has also been an Ambassador for the Status of Women since 2001. Named Young Australian of the Year in 1998, Tan’s story was featured National Museum of Australia. She has been honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader since 2009.



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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)
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