Jeanette Cheah is the founder and CEO of HEX, an award-winning edtech company delivering internationally recognised innovation and entrepreneurship programs to university students and the next generation of talent.
Jeanette is a globally in-demand corporate keynote speaker on education and innovation trends at events including SXSW, G’day USA and the Women’s Economic Forum in London. Jeanette is an advocate for the grassroots nurturing of young leadership talent, startup mindset, and tech inclusion and diversity in business.
A true global citizen, Jeanette was born in Honolulu to Chinese-Malaysian parents. Her family then emigrated to Australia when she was a preschooler. Jeanette’s world expanded even further when an academic job opportunity saw the family do a stint in Japan. Further international travel throughout her youth has allowed her to bring a truly global mindset to her role as visionary and mentor.
Before founding HEX, Jeanette spent 14 years building innovative marketing and product solutions for ANZ, AXA, AMP, and Origin Energy. She holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology and French) from Monash University, a Graduate Certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications from Queensland University of Technology, and industry credentials in UX design, Product Management, and Venture Capital.
Jeanette is a regular guest lecturer and mentor at universities around Australia and currently sits on the Entrepreneurship Advisory Panel for Monash University’s Business School. She has represented Australia at the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance in Argentina, was a Telstra Business Women’s Awards finalist, and in 2021 was named a 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australian and category winner for Entrepreneurship.
Living by the mantra ‘never stop learning’, Jeanette is a lifelong foodie, political enthusiast, and self-confessed pop culture junkie.