Yasmin developed a strong sense of justice at a young age. After growing up in a low income family in country Victoria, she was instilled with the desire to stand up for the disadvantaged and create a fairer Australia. Yasmin began her journey at 17 years old volunteering for several youth led NGOs. Through this experience, she realised the power of youth voice.
She has since gone on to become an award winning speaker, writer and youth advocate. Yasmin is currently Plan International's National Ambassador, focusing on amplifying the voices of young women and girls across the world. She has also appeared on prominent Australian media programs like Q&A and The Drum to discuss the role of diversity in social change.
At 22 years old, Yasmin is the Non-Executive Board Director of OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue charity and YWCA, a national feminist organisation that has supported women and girls for 140 years.
Passionate about the power of youth, Yasmin's work has included being the Chair of the Victorian Government's Youth Congress, representing over a million young Australians. She has represented Australian youth in conferences such as APEC and the G20.
In 2019, Yasmin was the youngest member of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence and Top 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian Australians. She was also named ANU's 2020 Undergraduate Volunteer of the Year.
WHAT CAN YASMIN PROVIDE FOR YOU?
SPEAKING + FACILITATION
Yasmin's fresh and forward thinking take on leadership has led to her MC'ing and speaking at a number of high level conferences, appearing alongside figures like Jeffrey Sachs and Malala Yousafzai. Yasmin frequently speaks about the power of the youth voice, gender equality and why politics and businesses must embrace intersectionality to facilitate change.
Yasmin’s writing unapologetically leans into youthful optimism to envision a better Australia. She wrote her first article at 19 years old entitled ‘Young women are turning off a career in politics, but we can fix this’ which as published across Fairfax newspapers. In 2021, Yasmin will be writing her thesis focusing on the absence of intersectional thinking in the legal system.
Yasmin has established herself as a go-to speaker for a youth perspective on politics. She has appeared twice on Q&A and is a frequent contributor on The Drum and ABC Radio. Eloquent, passionate and well researched, Yasmin is unafraid to debate the hot topic issues with Australia's leaders.
YASMIN SITS ON THE BOARD OF:
OzHarvest is Australia's leading food rescue organisation on a mission to ‘Nourish our Country’ by stopping good food from going to waste and delivering it to charities that help feed people in need. Since its foundation, it has delivered over 160 million meals.
YWCA Australia is a leading national feminist organisation working towards a future where all women, young women and girls are equal, safe and respected. It advocates for women leading change, and fight for gender equality and women's rights.
The feedback from our First National members regarding your speech was absolutely incredible. The attention you commanded from everyone in the room, without even trying, was amazing – and if you were trying, you did it effortlessly.
I have already heard talk of getting you back for other First National events and I couldn’t be more thrilled.
First National Real Estate
Why the urgency of COVID-19 threatens to silence women, in Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, December 2020
How can we bridge the gap between Asia and Australia? Look to Asian Australians, in Insights Journal - Young Australians in International Affairs, March 2020
Turning the dreams of young women into a political reality, in Broad Agenda 50/50, March 2020
The Future of ASEAN is Digital, but Australia Crawls at a Dial-up Pace, in Australian Outlook - Australian Institute of International Affairs
This Saturday I will cast my first ever vote, in Canberra Times, May 2019
Experiencing APEC PNG from Yasmin Poole's perspective, in The Australian National University, December 2018
Young women are turning off a career in politics - but we can fix this, in Fairfax, July 2018
STORIES ABOUT YASMIN
Yasmin Poole says the age where young women simply sit down & listen is over, in Women's Agenda, September 2020
From Canberra to Mexico City: How an Austrade internship broadened Yasmin’s career horizons, in The Australian National University, May 2020
Yasmin Poole - Inspiring Women of ANU Law, in The Australian National University, March 2020
Yasmin Poole, 2020 Student Volunteer of the Year (Undergraduate), in The Australian National University, February 2019
Two ANU students receive 2019 Hawker Scholarships, in The Australian National University, June 2019
I am writing to thank you once again on behalf of YWCA Canberra for facilitating an authentic, interesting, at times devastating but overall extremely important conversation.
Your ability to create such a candid yet meaningful conversation is an absolute testament to your skills! I had a lot of attendees let me know this was their favourite In-Conversation event this year.