Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Writer / Broadcaster / Engineer / Founder


the word on the street:


"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. Yassmin is an enigma: a mechanical engineer, a highly articulate social commentator, incredibly stylish and, by her own admission, a raving petrol head. Yassmin has a love of life and people, and effortlessly dives into every new situation. She’s unstoppable."

Jan Owen, CEO Foundation for Young Australians




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"Abdel-Magied channels the concentration and serenity of someone like Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche with the pinpoint accuracy and control of someone like Malcolm X. Abdel-Magied says what she means, but there is a thinly veiled underlayer to her words. A more revolutionary subtext that listeners can reach for if they so choose."

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"If you've seen Abdel-Magied on the ABC panel show Q&A – where she built her public profile via regular appearances since 2013 – you can't miss her confidence. She's been knocked around post-Anzac Day, but her basic operating mode is to back herself to the hilt. She is, she says, "a smart mouth in a hijab", someone who's always asked for forgiveness rather than permission."



Yassmin Abdel-Magied's unapologetically big life.

Yassmin has worked as an engineer on oil rigs where she was the only Sudanese-born, Australian-raised, hijab-wearing, Muslim woman on deck. She's also driven and helped to design racing cars; and she enjoys boxing, football and philosophy."


Yassmin's Story

THE MEMOIR: Yassmin's Story


Published in 2016 // Penguin Random House // Vintage Imprint

Frank, fearless, funny, articulate, and inspiring, Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a young Muslim dynamo offering a bracing breath of fresh air—and hope. At 21, Yassmin found herself working on a remote Australian oil and gas rig; she was the only woman and certainly the only Sudanese-Egyptian-Australian background Muslim woman. With her hijab quickly christened a "tea cosy," there could not be a more unlikely place on earth for a young Muslim woman to want to be. This is the story of how she got there, where she is going, and how she wants the world to change.

Penguin Random House is contributing royalties to Youth Without Borders.

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Yassmin's writing has also appeared in publications including:

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Keynote speaking TESTIMONIALS

An outstanding, inspirational, insightful, connected, topical and learning laden presentation...
You are the best keynote we have ever had.
— Ben Bengougam, Senior Vice President Human Resources EMEA at Hilton

The first time I saw Yassmin present I was hugely impressed. Speaking to an dominantly white, middle aged male audience from the petroleum industry, Yassmin spoke about inclusiveness and diversity and blew them away...I decided we needed to secure her services for an all-staff forum at Geoscience Australia... Yassmin was wonderful speaking to GA! She won over a potentially sceptical audience with personal stories, charm, warmth, humour, and importantly, a gentle provocation that simply gets individuals to consider why we think the way we always have, and do we need to reassess. As Yassmin puts it, being young, female, brown and Muslim, she’s a walking minority and has a good handle on what it takes to feel included.  Her talk, and a generous Q and A that followed, generated a buzz of excitement and catalysed many constructive conversations in my organisation. Yassmin added real value to our journey towards  a better organisational culture. She makes a difference!

James Johnson

Chief Executive Officer
Geoscience Australia

Your talk was absolutely superb, and I thought you might be interested to know that we asked attendees to fill in a short survey following a snapshot of which is below:

· 97.3% rated your topic as good or excellent
· 94.4% rated your content as good or excellent
· 97.1% rated your presentation/delivery as good or excellent – 87.14% of which was in the excellentcolumn.

This was, by far, the highest marks received by any speaker on the day.

Meredith Ettridge

International Development Manager, 
The Royal Academy of Engineering, London

“What a tremendous person with an important message.  Perfectly delivered.”
— Women in Leadership Showcase

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,
IMD, Switzerland

I loved your program on unconscious bias at the National Speakers Association. In the 17 years I've attended, yours is one of my favorites.

You challenged us to reconsider the assumptions we made. The unique way you illustrated your points are what I will remember.

Social thought leader, executive, race car driver, oil rig worker, speaker - you are none of the things anyone would expect. But all of the things that you are make your message one that is unforgettable, undeniable and one that needs to be heard.

Lois Creamer

Professional Speaker, National Speakers Association,
Orlando, USA

“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.”
— Women in Leadership Showcase

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