About Tan

Tan Le (BCom (Hons), LLB (Hons)) is Founder & CEO of EMOTIV, a bioinformatics company advancing understanding of the human brain and enable 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.

In 2003 Ms Le 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, Ms Le 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, Ms Le's story was featured National Museum of Australia. She has been honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader since 2009.

Work History

Work History
Jul 2011 - Present

Founder & CEO

EMOTIV

A bioinformatics company that uses electroencephalography (EEG) to track mental performance, monitor emotions, and control virtual and physical objects with thoughts.

Dec 2003 - Sep 2010

Co-Founder & President

Emotiv Systems

Co-founder & President of Emotiv Systems, a neuroengineering company that developed a breakthrough interface technology for digital media taking inputs directly from the brain. Emotiv's vision is to revolutionize human-computer input in the same way the graphic user interface did 20 years ago. Applications for the Emotiv technology and interface span an amazing array of potential 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. Emotiv has a footprint in over 90 countries and is a recognized world leader and pioneer in this field of brain computer interface.

Jul 2011 - Jun 2013

Non-executive Director

Scanadu Inc.

Non-executive director of a fast growing, early stage start up developing consumer medical grade device products.

Jul 2003 - 2006

Director

PLAN International Australia

Plan in Australia is part of Plan globally and is one of the world's largest community development organisations committed to ending child poverty.

Plan works with children, their families and communities in 49 countries in Asia, Africa and Central & South America. Plan helps communities to help themselves, so that children have opportunities to develop into healthy, educated adults.

Plan has no religious or political affiliations, and respects and celebrates people’s right to cultural diversity and autonomy.

Sep 2000 - Dec 2003

President

SASme International

Co-founder & President of SASme Internation Pty Ltd, a wireless technology company. SASme was a pioneer in providing SMPP platforms to telecommunication carriers and content aggregators in Australia, with branches in Asia and Europe. Tan was part of negotiating a successful merger for SASme in 2003.

2000 - 2002

Advisory Board Member

RMIT University - Business in Entrepreneurship

The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology is one of Australia’s original and leading educational institutions, producing some of Australia’s most employable graduates. As an innovative, global university of technology, with its heart in the city of Melbourne, RMIT has an international reputation for excellence in work-relevant education and high quality research, and engagement with the needs of industry and community.

With more than 60,000 students studying at RMIT campuses in Melbourne and regional Victoria, in Vietnam, online, by distance education, and at partner institutions throughout the world, the University is one of the largest in the country. It has built a worldwide reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education and research. A vibrant alumni community now stretches across more than 100 countries.

Jan 1999 - Jan 2001

Member

Australian Citizenship Council

The Australian Citizenship Council was established in August 1998 as an independent body to advise the Minister of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs on contemporary issues relating to Australian citizenship. 

Feb 1999 - Aug 2000

Solicitor

Freehills

Freehills is an Australian-based international law firm, providing innovative, commercial legal advice to clients around the world, with the resources and expertise of around 1000 lawyers, including more than 200 partners across offices in Australia and South-East Asia.

Education

Education
1990 - 1993

Mac.Robertson Girls High School

Patents

Certifications

Provisional Application USPTO 61514418 METHOD AND SYSTEM OF CORRELATING AN EEG SIGNAL WITH A NEUROLOGICAL IMPAIRMENT (Le, 2011)

United States Patent No. 7,865,235 B2 METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTING & CLASSIFYING THE MENTAL STATE OF A SUBJECT (Le et al., 2011)

Honors & Awards

Young Global Leader 2009 of the World Economic Forum

G'Day USA Global Innovation Awards 2014

National Geographic Emerging Explorer 2013

Advance Global Australian Award for ICT 2012

Monash University Distinguished Alumni Award 2011

AutoVision Innovations Award 2011

Forbes: 50 Names You Need to Know in 2011

Fast Company's Most Influential Women in Technology 2010

Who's Who in Australia 2008-2010 and Who's Who of Australian Women 2008-2010

Featured in the Eternity Exhibition in the National Museum of Australia

Featured in the Immigration Museum

Voted one of Australia's 30 Most Successful Women Under 30

Goodwill Ambassador for Australia to Asia

Special Visitor to the United Kingdom as a guest of the British High Commission and Foreign Commonwealth Office

Patron of the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development Program

Ambassador for the Status of Women 1998

Young Australian of the Year 1998