Breaking down borders and bias: Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Breaking down borders and bias: Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Jul 23
CEDA invites future leaders of all ages and sectors to be inspired by Yassmin Abdel-Magied, the tireless young Muslim engineer who has made it her personal business to empower young people and women to overcome bias and create positive change.


Yassmin Abdel-Magied, 2015 Queensland Young Australian of the Year; Founder, Youth Without Borders

Event overview

Yassmin was born in Sudan but grew up in Queensland and recently moved to Perth to work as a fly-in-fly-out well engineer for a large oil and gas company.

At just 16, Yassmin established Youth Without Borders to enable young people to work together to initiate positive changes within their communities and internationally. Yassmin was subsequently involved in the Australian Multicultural Council, Federal ANZAC Centenary Commemoration Youth Working Group and the 2014 Youth G20 Summit. She has also become a passionate campaigner for gender equality and was recently a panellist on the ABC’s all-female Q&A panel in honour of International Women’s Day. 

Meet the keynote speaker

Yassmin Abdel-Magied
2015 Queensland Young Australian of the Year; Founder, Youth Without Borders

Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a mechanical engineer, writer, social advocate, and petrol head. She advocates for the empowerment of youth, women and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.  Yassmin is deeply passionate about diversity in positions of influence, tackling unconscious bias, connecting people and catalysing change.  She can be found writing for various media publications around Australia or shaking things up on your TV, always in the pursuit of offering an alternate perspective. 

At 16, Yassmin Abdel-Magied founded Youth Without Borders, an organisation focused on improving access to opportunity and enabling young people to work for positive change in their communities.

In 2012 she was selected as the Young Woman of Influence in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac’s inaugural 100 Women of Influence Awards. Born in Sudan and moving to Australia at the age of two, 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. In 2007, Yassmin was named Young Australian Muslim of the Year for her work in the community and in 2010 Young Queenslander of the Year.

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