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Tan Le      

CEO of EMOTIV; Non Executive Director at QBE Insurance Group; Author of "The NeuroGeneration;" Member of Global Future Council on Neurotechnologies at World Economic Forum

Tan Le (BCom (Hon), LLB (Hon)) is Founder and CEO of EMOTIV, a neuroinformatics company advancing understanding of the human brain using electroencephalography (EEG). She is a technology innovator, entrepreneur, business executive and sought-after speaker.

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 the field of mobile EEG & brain computer interfaces with researchers in over 140 countries.

Tan is the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious 2018 Innovation Research Interchange (IRI) Achievement Award as a pioneering leader in the development of mobile EEG systems and in advancing understanding of the human brain; G'Day USA Global Innovation Awards, Advance Global Australian Award for ICT, AutoVision Innovations Award, Monash University Distinguished Alumni Award. She was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2013. 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 is featured in the National Museum of Australia. She was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2009.

In 2018, a portrait of Tan was added to the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia- an honor bestowed on prominent Australians whose life sets them apart as an individual of long-term public interest.

In September 2020, Tan was appointed to the Group Board of QBE Insurance, a general insurance and reinsurance company. QBE offers commercial, personal and specialty products and risk management solutions. QBE is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and employs more than 11,700 people in over 27 countries. Tan was appointed Chair of the People & Remuneration Committee from May 2022.

Speech Topics

My Immigration Story

In this captivating and inspirational keynote, Tan Le recalls her early childhood fleeing war torn Vietnam – boarding a tugboat in search of a new life, four-year-old Tan Le’s mother was clutching one precious possession: a vial of poison. In the highly possible circumstance of a pirate boarding the vessel, she would feed it to her two daughters and her mother, before taking it herself.

Against all odds, Tan Le and her family washed ashore Australia’s coast to begin a new life in a foreign country. She worked hard, and it became clear from an early age that she had immense potential. At just 16, after intense studying, she was accepted to college. Just a couple of years later she was named ‘Young Australian Of The Year.’

Le goes on to humbly discuss her accomplishments, and how she became a spokesperson, activist, and eventually moves to the US to become CEO of Emotiv- a leading neuroscience technology company that helps individuals all over the world with groundbreaking innovations.

A Headset that Reads Your Brainwaves

Tan Le’s astonishing new computer interface reads its user’s brainwaves, making it possible to control virtual objects, and even physical electronics, with mere thoughts (and a little concentration). She demos the headset, and talks about its far-reaching applications.

The Future is Closer than You Think

You Think, Therefore You Can


TED Talks We Love: Tan Le Read more from Asian Scientist Magazine at: http://www.asianscientist.com/2011/06/list/ted-talks-tan-le/
Tan Le is the co-founder and president of Emotiv Systems, a company that develops digital devices and media controlled by the user's brain, bypassing the mouse and keyboard.
From 5-year-old refugee to CEO, Tan Le shares family's story at RootsTech
RootsTech keynote speaker Tan Le addressed thousands of family history enthusiasts Thursday with a story from her own childhood as a 5-year-old girl fleeing Vietnam on a tugboat with her family.
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