Keynote Speaker Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Mechanical Engineer, Social Advocate, Writer

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Yassmin Abdel-Magied is on a mission to promote diversity and empower young people throughout society, however and wherever she can. Born in Sudan, she moved to Australia when she was two years old, and trained as a mechanical engineer. She now spends her time both working as an engineer on oil and gas rigs and heading up Youth Without Borders, the organization she founded at sixteen to empower young people as leaders of positive change through collaborative community initiatives.

The 2015 Young Australian of the Year (QLD), Yassmin Abdel-Magied advocates for the empowerment of youth, women and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Why Yassmin?

  • Founder of Youth Without Borders
  • 2015 Queensland Young Australian of the Year
  • Named Australia’s most influential Young Woman and engineer

Yassmin Abdel-Magied was named one of Australia’s most influential engineers by Engineers Australia and in 2012 she was named Australia’s most influential Young Woman. In 2007, she was the Young Australian Muslim of the Year for her work in the community.  She also really likes motorsports, travelling to Formula 1 races as an internationally accredited journalist on her time off.

Testimonials 3

  • “Yassmin delivered a keynote address to a group of 400 senior global managers. She maintained the attention of the group by delivering a set of simple and powerful messages in a very personal and compelling way. She has developed a level of insight and maturity well beyond her years.”

    Michael Wade

    Professor of Innovation and Strategy at the IMD

  • “Yassmin is such a natural and gifted presenter – her fierce intelligence, her empathy and her humour made it one of the best stage presentations I’ve ever seen.”

    Feedback for Women in Leadership Showcase - Melbourne, Australia

  • “Brilliant. What a character, a real stage presence, the world needs more people as comfortable and expressive as Yassmin.”

    Feedback for Women in Leadership Showcase - Melbourne, Australia

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