UQ alumnus awarded Young Australian of the Year for Queensland

19 Oct 2014

University of Queensland alumnus Yassmin Abdel-Magied has been named as Queensland’s recipient of the Young Australian of the Year Award for 2015.

At just 23 years of age, Miss Abdel-Magied is a role model to many and her accomplishments include founding Youth Without Borders seven years ago. The organisation enables young people to work together to implement positive change within their community and abroad.

Ms Abdel-Magied was valedictorian of her mechanical engineering class at UQ in 2011 and has since forged a career as an engineer, social advocate and media commentator. 

She has sat on the Australian Multicultural Council, the Board of the Queensland Museum and the Design Council, contributed as a member of the Federal Anzac Centenary Commemoration Youth Working Group and was on the organising committee of the 2014 Youth G20 Summit.

A member of the UQ Young Alumni Advisory Board (YAAB), Ms Abdel-Magied is one of a select group of volunteers who assist UQ in delivering relevant and beneficial services to our recent graduates, including advising on programming, guest speaking, providing feedback, facilitating events and assisting in creating new strategic partnerships.

The Young Australian of the Year for 2015 will be announced in January.