Yassmin Abdel-Magied: Social Advocate
Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a mechanical engineer, social advocate, author and petrol head. The 2015 Queensland Young Australian of the Year and Young Australian Muslim of the Year, she advocates for the empowerment of youth, women and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She is also a TEDx speaker and holds a passionate speech titled: What does my headscarf mean to you?
Born in Sudan, Yassmin Abdel-Magied and her family arrived in Australia when she was two and since then has devoted her extraordinary energy and talents to making Australia a better place. At age 16, Yassmin founded Youth Without Borders, an organisation that enables young people to work together to implement positive change within their communities and internationally.
Yassmin has forged a hybrid career as an engineer, social advocate and media commentator and she is a sought-after advisor for state and federal governments. Yassmin has sat on the Australian Multicultural Council, the Board of the Queensland Museum and the Design Council, contributed as a member of the Federal ANZAC Centenary Commemoration Youth Working Group and was on the organising committee of the 2014 Youth G20 Summit. She currently sits on the Boards of Childfund, The Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) and OurWatch.
A role model to many, Yassmin has been recognised with many awards. Her achievements across a number of fields provide positive proof that hard work, resilience and self-belief can reap rewards, regardless of gender, faith or cultural background.
The overarching themes Abdel-Magied speaks about fall under “Leadership for Social change and Empowerment” and she can present in English and Arabic.