Tan Le

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Tan Le
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Born Lê Thị Thái Tần
(1977-05-20) 20 May 1977 (age 36)
Vietnam
Occupation Technology entrepreneur. Co-Founder of Emotiv
Website
http://emotiv.com

Tan Le (Vietnamese: Lê Thị Thái Tần, born 1977), a Vietnamese-Australian telecommunications entrepreneur, is a co-Founder of Emotiv. She was named the 1998 Young Australian of the Year.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Vietnam, Le migrated to Australia as a refugee with her family in 1982.[1][2] Le began university studies at the age of 16 and went on to complete a Bachelor's degree in law and commerce in 1998 at Monash University.

Career[edit]

As president of the Vietnamese Community of Footscray Association, she made a number of contributions to charities and newspapers throughout Melbourne.[1]

Le co-founded and ran SASme, a pioneer in providing SMPP platforms to telecommunication carriers and content aggregators, and one of the companies responsible for the creation of Australia's SMS application market[citation needed]. Tan Le helped grow SASme to thirty-five employees and multiple locations worldwide. Tan has also worked with one of Australia's leading law firms, Freehills.

Tan Le was a Special Ambassador to the United Kingdom as a guest of the British High Commission and Foreign Commonwealth Office, a Goodwill Ambassador for Australia in Asia, and a Patron of the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development Program. Le has been an Ambassador for the Status of Women since 2001, and she has also been appointed to a number of prominent Boards, including Plan International Australia, Australian Citizenship Council, National Committee for Human Rights Education in Australia, and RMIT Business in Entrepreneurship.

Recognition[edit]

In 1998, Le was named Young Australian of the Year[2] and voted one of Australia's 30 Most Successful Women Under 30.[3]

Le's story was featured in the 'Hope' section of the Eternity Exhibition of the National Museum of Australia.[4] Le has been featured in "Who's Who in Australia" List since 1999 and "Who's Who of Australian Women" List in 2007 & 2008, Fast Company's Most Influential Women in Technology in 2010 and Forbes' 50 Names You Need to Know in 2011. Le has been honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader since 2009.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Young Australian of the Year 1998: Tan Le, Community Service Volunteer". National Australia Day Council. Archived from the original on 2013-05-11. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  2. ^ a b "YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR: Tan Le, 1998 Award, Community Service". National Australia Day Council. Archived from the original on 2012-07-20. Retrieved 2009-12-28. 
  3. ^ "Speaker Bio: Tan Le". Ideas At The Powerhouse. 2001. Retrieved 2009-12-28. [dead link]
  4. ^ Eternity Exhibition, National Museum of Australia

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Preceded by
Nova Peris-Kneebone
Young Australian of the Year
1998
Succeeded by
Bryan Gaensler