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.
Since then, Yasmin has gone on to be a prominent advocate for youth issues. In 2018, she was Chair of the Victorian Government’s Youth Congress, advising the government on youth policy and representing 1.2 million young people. She is currently the Director of Business Development for 180 Degrees Consulting, the largest youth led consultancy in the world.
As a result of this work, Yasmin was a panellist on ABC’s Q&A in November 2018. She has built a strong platform as the Ambassador for Plan International, with opinion pieces published in Fairfax and Huffington Post.
Yasmin was also the Australian Youth Representative to APEC 2018 in Papua New Guinea and Delegate to the ASEAN-Australia Business Summit. She has interned across NGOs like Asialink, Asia Pacific Centre for R2P and ICAN (Winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize).
Yasmin was the youngest winner of the 2019 Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence. She is the youngest ever person to be named as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian Australians.
Yasmin is a Law and International Relations student at the Australian National University.
WHAT CAN YASMIN PROVIDE FOR YOU?
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 Gillian Triggs. Yasmin has previously spoken about gender equality, how to future proof Australia and thinking like a global citizen. She has also facilitated government level workshops for young people.
Yasmin has advised numerous organisations on improving community engagement and accessibility for young people. Past organisations include Department of Premier & Cabinet, the Red Cross and Equality Rights Alliance. She also has strong institutional knowledge through previous work in government, NGOs and think tanks.
Yasmin has established herself as an articulate speaker on youth engagement in government and politics. Using her wide experience in youth issues, she has frequently appeared on ABC as a youth representative, debating prominent political issues with MPs and Senators.
Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence (2019)
Top 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian Australians (2019)
C.A.S Hawker Scholar (2019)
AVCAT Scholarship (2019)
Winner for the First National Real Estate Leadership Award, Victorian Young Achiever Awards (2019)
Top 25 Young Women to Watch in International Affairs, Young Australians in International (2019)
Victorian Government Joan Kirner Young and Emerging Woman Leader (2018)
Boston Consulting Group Case Study Winner (2018)
Australian National University Sharpe and Abel Scholar (2018)
Zonta International Jane M. Klausmann Women in Business Award (2018)
Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations-UNICEF Impact Challenge (2017)
Best Debater of Victorian Youth Parliament (2017)
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.
Jackie Ho, First National Real Estate
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
Opening University Doors: What Other Nations Can Learn From Australian Welfare, in HuffPost, January 2018
Homeless - a personal insight, in Point Blank Magazine, September 2017 (Page 6)
STORIES ABOUT YASMIN
Two ANU students receive 2019 Hawker Scholarships, in The Australian National University, June 2019
Yasmin Poole named Sharpe and Abel Scholar, in The Australian National University, September 2018
Students chosen by Japanese Government for JENESYS program, in Monash University, January 2018
Atrocity Crimes Risk Assessment Series: Sri Lanka, in The Asia Pacific Centre for R2P, September 2018
Yasmin is a unique individual, displaying maturity, responsibility and social consciousness way beyond her years. We feel enlightened from getting to know her, see her in work in social situations and appreciating just how much her peers look up to her.
Rael Kuperholz, Director at Workspace365
Climate strikes and the power of youth, in The Drum, September 2019
Promoting youth political engagement with Yasmin Poole, Lantern Podcast, January 2019
Panellist on Q&A - 'VicVotes, Terrorism, and Gender', on Q&A, November 2018
Poole advocates for a more diverse learning curriculum, on MSN, November 2018
Yasmin's press conference speech for 'Girls Takeover Parliament', in The Australian, November 2018
Sexism and barriers facing young women in politics, ABC Radio Canberra, July 2018
Youth disillusionment in politics, on ABC Radio Melbourne, December 2017
Best Speaker of Youth Parliament, on ABC Radio Melbourne, July 2017