Yasmin came to this country in 1972 from Uganda. She completed her M.Phil. in literature at Oxford in 1975. She is a journalist who has written for The Guardian, Observer, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, The Evening Standard, The Mail and other newspapers and was a regular columnist on The Independent for eighteen years. She now writes a weekly column for the International Business Times and continues to write for the I newspaper, the Mail and other newspapers.
She is also a radio and television broadcaster and author of several books, including Exotic England. Since 2013, she has been a part time professor at Middlesex University.
She was a Vice President of the United Nations Association, UK and a special ambassador for the Samaritans.
She has been voted the tenth most influential black/Asian woman in the country in a poll and in another she was among the most powerful Asian media professionals in the UK.
In 2001 she was appointed an MBE for services to journalism in the new year’s honours list. She returned her MBE in 2003 as a protest against the new empire in Iraq and a growing republicanism.