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. In 2019 Tan Le became a member of Rho Chi.

Early life and education

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 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 February 2020, Le published her first book, The NeuroGeneration: The new era of brain enhancement revolutionising the way we think, work and heal.[4]


In 1998, Le was named Young Australian of the Year[2] and one of Australia's 30 Most Successful Women Under 30.[5]

Le's story was featured in the 'Hope' section of the Eternity Exhibition of the National Museum of Australia.[6]


  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 2009-12-28.
  3. ^ "The Technology Entrepreneur that's Making Science Fiction a Reality". Asian Fortune. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
  4. ^ Le, Tan, 1977- (4 February 2020). The neurogeneration : the new era in brain enhancement that Is revolutionizing the way we think, work, and lead. Australia: Allen & Unwin, 2020. ISBN 978-1-76087-511-4. OCLC 1124770932.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: location (link)
  5. ^ "Speaker Bio: Tan Le". Ideas At The Powerhouse. 2001. Archived from the original on October 3, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  6. ^ "Hope - National Museum of Australia". Retrieved 10 September 2016.
Preceded byNova Peris-Kneebone Young Australian of the Year 1998 Succeeded byBryan Gaensler