Yassmin Abdel-Magied Interview
Yassmin Abdel-Magied came to Australia as a baby – her parents left Sudan behind, as the repressive regime of Omar Al-Bashir consolidated power. Finding your feet in a foreign country is no easy task, and while her mother was an architect, and her father a university lecturer in engineering, both had to begin their careers again, while raising Yassmin and her brother.
But find their feet they did, and Yassmin leapt into her life in Brisbane. By sixteen, she had founded an NGO – Youth Without Borders. By 19, she was on the board of the Queensland Museum. She’s been named Young Australia Muslim of the Year, and Queensland Young Australian of the year. In her early twenties, Yassmin worked as part of a Formula-1 team. Now she works as an engineer on drilling rigs, living the FIFO lifestyle, and has somehow also found the time to write a memoir.
Yassmin spoke to Sky Kirkham about growing up, finding your feet, chasing and changing your dreams. Originally broadcast 10/03/16. Yassmin’s Story is out through Random House.