Humza Yousaf MSP was elected to the Glasgow Region in May 2011 for the Scottish National Party.
He has been involved in community work, from youth organisations to charity fundraising, for most of his life. This included being the Media Spokesperson for the charity
Islamic Relief, he also volunteered for community radio for 12 years and on a project providing food packages to homeless people and asylum seekers in Glasgow.
After completing his degree in Politics at the University of Glasgow, he went to work in the Scottish Parliament with the late Bashir Ahmad MSP. In addition, he has worked for a number of other MSPs in a variety of roles including Anne McLaughlin, Nicola Sturgeon and the First Minister, Alex Salmond.
On his election to Parliament in May 2011 he was appointed to the Justice Committee and Public Audit Committees and was appointed as a Parliamentary Liaison Officer to the First Minister Alex Salmond MSP.
He was appointed Minister for External Affairs and International Development in September 2012. His responsibilities include external affairs, international development, culture and the arts, broadcasting, architecture, built heritage, Historic Scotland and lottery funding, National Records of Scotland and major events strategy.
Humza’s interests include tackling mental health stigma, poverty, civil liberties, issues affecting young people and international affairs.
Humza Yousaf was awarded the "Future Force of Politics Award 2010" which was presented to him in Glasgow City Chambers. He is also a former alumnus of the US State Department IVLP programme.