Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Writer / Broadcaster / activist


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 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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"When I first met Abdel-Magied, I was drawn to her infectious positivity. There are no traces of anger or trauma to betray her persistent smile, making it difficult to reconcile the intense pain of her story with the extraordinary presence of a woman who clearly loves to laugh."


“[Her new projects are] a fantastic way for those not acquainted with Yassmin Abdel Magied, to understand that her character is in equal parts: sincere, profound wisdom to witty, rebellious humour. Her genuine nature, open hearted laughter, bubbling enthusiasm and deep-rooted honesty is a powerful combination.”



"I came to heal, I wanted to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. When I decided to leave Australia I literally quit everything for the first time in 12 years. I was like, 'I wonder what it would be like if I started from scratch?' And London was that opportunity. We can be whatever we can be in this city which is incredible."




Keynote speaking TESTIMONIALS

We loved Yassmin’s energy and her helpful advice on mentorship, unconscious bias, and tackling diversity and inclusion issues in the workplace. Thank you Yassmin!
— Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA

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

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

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

"What a tremendous person with an important message. Perfectly delivered."

Women in Leadership Showcase

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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