Jeanette Cheah | Co-founder & Chief Strategy Officer of The Hacker Exchange

The Hacker Exchange is on a mission to build the capacity of next generation leaders and founders, helping them build high-impact, globally-competitive companies that create lasting economic and social value, and prepare them for the rapidly changing future of work.

We believe cultivating global mindsets and connections is critical, and we know that exposure to high-impact entrepreneurship ecosystems leads to greater levels of start-up formation, empathy and grit. 

Working with leading universities in Australia and globally, The Hacker Exchange's mission takes shape through international entrepreneurship study programs with tertiary accreditation, access to a global network of mentors, founders and investors, and innovative education initiatives to close the skills gap required for the future economy.


Jeanette Cheah is the co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of The Hacker Exchange, a tertiary-accredited organisation connecting the next generation of leaders to Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv, Singapore and beyond. Through their immersive programs, The Hacker Exchange encourages students to develop global citizenship, entrepreneurship and innovation skills, and to embrace lifelong learning.

Jeanette also mentors early-stage startups, is an EIR at #StartWest, and mentors at accelerator programs for La Trobe University, Deakin University and Melbourne University. A regular keynote speaker, she has represented Australia at the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance and SXSW.  She also champions startup community building and diversity in business, and was listed as a women of influence in Smart Company's 2018 International Women's Day Showcase, and a Finalist in the Telstra Business Women's Awards, 2019.

Prior to co-founding The Hacker Exchange, Jeanette’s corporate career involved building digital products, innovation and marketing strategies in corporate Australia, including ANZ, AXA and Origin Energy.

Jeanette 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 User Experience Design qualifications from General Assembly.