Born in the Sudan, Yassmin and her parents moved to Brisbane when she was two, and she has been tackling barriers ever since. At 16 she founded Youth Without Borders, an organisation focused on helping young people to work for positive change in their communities. In 2007 she was named Young Australian Muslim of the Year and in 2010 Young Queenslander of the Year. In 2011 Yassmin graduated from UQ with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (First Class Honours) and in 2012 she was named Young Leader of the Year in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac’s inaugural 100 Women of Influence Awards as well as an InStyle cultural leader and a Marie Claire woman of the future.
Yassmin Abdel-Magied is an engineer, activist, Formula 1 racer, and total queen, and she’s coming along to talk to WISE members! We’ll be grabbing free coffee/hot chocolate/etc from House of Cards, then having a casual Q&A (in Old Engineering A1 Theatre) with her about her awesome experiences and her new book! Yassmin will also sign any copies of her book you may want to bring, Yassmin’s Story, available from Feb 24. Yassmin makes WISE go all heart eyes emoji.