Tan Le

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Tan Le (Vietnamese: Lê Thị Thái Tần, born 20 May 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 South 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.


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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] Le has been an Ambassador for the Status of Women since 2001, and she has been appointed to a number of Boards, including Plan International Australia, Australian Citizenship Council, National Committee for Human Rights Education in Australia, and RMIT Business in Entrepreneurship.[citation needed]

Le is a co-founder of software company Emotiv which specialises in electroencephalography (EEG) headsets.[citation needed] Le has spoken of her desire to ensure the company's products are affordable enough for the consumer.[citation needed] She believes that by democratising the technology, there is a greater chance of innovation from individuals, research groups and companies.[3]


In 1998, Le was named Young Australian of the Year[2] and one of Australia's 30 Most Successful Women Under 30.[4]

Le's story was featured in the 'Hope' section of the Eternity Exhibition of the National Museum of Australia.[5] Le has appeared 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.[citation needed] Le has been honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader since 2009.[citation needed]


  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 "Australian of the Year Awards". National Australia. Archived from the original on 2012-07-20. Retrieved 2009-12-. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ "The Technology Entrepreneur that's Making Science Fiction a Reality". Asian Fortune. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
  4. ^ "Speaker Bio: Tan Le". Ideas At The Powerhouse. 2001. Archived from the original on October 3, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  5. ^ "Hope - National Museum of Australia". Retrieved 10 September 2016.

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