We’re thrilled to announce that our very own V8 Supercars writer, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, will be a co-panellist on Monday’s episode of Q&A, which airs on the Australian ABC network and on the Australia Network channel overseas.

For those of you who don’t know much about Yassmin, her story is quite incredible. Born in the Sudan before moving to Australia as a child, Yassmin is one of Australia’s few female mechanical engineers, and her passion for motorsport has led her to design the University of Queensland’s Formula SAE racer, and she graduated in 2011 as the valedictorian of her class.

Yassmin is also an advocate for greater youth involvement in the broader community, as well as being a champion of human rights and refugee issues around the world.

She founded Youth Without Borders at the age of sixteen, an organisation focused on enabling young people to work for positive change in their communities. Last year, she was named Young Leader in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence Awards.

It's not always a glamorous existence being a famous writer (and highly-talented engineer!)...In 2007, Yassmin was named Young Australian Muslim of the Year and in 2010 Young Queenslander of the Year, as well as being shortlisted as a finalist in the Young Australian of the Year awards.

Aside from writing exclusively for RichardsF1.com, her day job is spent in the very male-dominated Queensland gas rigs as an engineering specialist (pictured right).

Also joining Yassmin on Monday night’s panel will be Doug Cameron (Parliamentary Secretary for Housing and Homelessness), Greg Hunt (Opposition Shadow Minister for Climate Denial Action), Al Anstey (Al Jazeera English’s Managing Director) and Pamela Williams (National Correspondent for the Australian Financial Review newspaper).

We’ll be part of the studio audience in the ABC’s Sydney studios on Monday night, and we wish Yassmin the best of luck as she makes her nationwide primetime TV debut!

We’re all super proud of you, Yassmin! Congratulations!

Youth Without Borders

The following two tabs change content below.

Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.