Jeanette Cheah is the Melbourne-based founder and CEO of HEX, a multi-award-winning edtech company founded in 2016 and delivering internationally recognised, immersive innovation and entrepreneurship programs to university students and the next generation of talent.
A globally in-demand corporate keynote speaker on education and innovation trends at events including SXSW for G’day USA and the Women's Economic Forum in London, Jeanette is an advocate for the grassroots nurturing of young leadership talent, start-up 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.
HEX is revolutionising the delivery of educational programs worldwide. Through its affiliations with some of the world’s leading tech companies and most exciting startups, including Google, Atlassian, Zendesk, and Culture Amp, the company has led dozens of tertiary-accredited virtual and in-person programs to positively impact thousands of young people globally and connect the next generation of leaders to Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv, Singapore and beyond.
Before founding HEX, Jeanette spent 14 years building innovation, 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 UX Design qualifications from General Assembly.
A regular guest lecturer and mentor at universities around Australia including Melbourne University, RMIT University, Monash University, and Deakin, Jeanette currently sits on the Entrepreneurship Advisory Panel for Monash University’s Business School. Among a growing list of accolades, she has represented Australia at the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance in Argentina and in 2021 was named one of the [40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australians] for Entrepreneurship.
Her advocacy work has led to volunteering for the League of Extraordinary Women, Code Like a Girl, and Pause Fest, and the 2019 ‘Women In Tech Global Ally’ Award in Lisbon, Portugal.
Living by the mantra ‘never stop learning’, Jeanette is a political enthusiast, lifelong foodie, and self-confessed pop culture junkie.