Early life and education
Born in South Vietnam, Le migrated to Australia as a refugee with her family in 1982. 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.
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. 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 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.
Le is a co-founder of software company Emotiv which specialises in electroencephalography (EEG) headsets. Le has spoken of her desire to ensure the company's products are affordable enough for the consumer. She believes that by democratising the technology, there is a greater chance of innovation from individuals, research groups and companies.
Le's story was featured in the 'Hope' section of the Eternity Exhibition of the National Museum of Australia. 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. Le has been honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader since 2009.
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