Yassmin asks questions. All the time. She questions why we don’t hear more diverse voices in our communities, in our politics and in the media. She leads by example, breaking moulds and smashing stereotypes at every opportunity, all over the place. Yass is an enigma: a mechanical engineer, a highly articulate social commentator, incredibly stylish and, by her own admission, a raving petrol head. I love Yass’ passion, her love of life and people, and her ability to effortlessly dive into every new situation. She’s unstoppable. Whatever Yass does in the future, it will be magnificent.
At age sixteen, Yassmin Abdel-Magied founded Youth Without Borders, an organisation focused on enabling young people to work for positive change in their communities.
She graduated top of her university year in 2011 with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (First Class Honours), and was a recipient of the University of Queensland’s Dean’s Excellence scholarship.
Yassmin serves on various state and federal councils and is currently an engineering specialist as a fly-in, fly-out worker on oil and gas rigs.