Humza Yousaf is a Scottish politician and a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the Glasgow Pollok constituency.
He is a member of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and has held several positions in the Scottish Government since his election to the Scottish Parliament in 2011, including Minister for External Affairs and International Development, Minister for Transport and the Islands, and Cabinet Secretary for Justice.
Yousaf was born in 1985 in Glasgow, Scotland, and is of Pakistani descent. He grew up in Pollok and attended the University of Glasgow, where he earned a degree in politics and sociology.
Prior to entering politics, Yousaf worked as a freelance journalist and as a parliamentary assistant to Bashir Ahmad, the first Muslim MSP in Scotland.
He is known for his advocacy of social justice and equality, and has been a vocal critic of Islamophobia and racism.
Humza Yousaf Parents: Meet Muhammad Yousaf and Shireen Yousaf
Humza Yousaf was born to Muhammad Yousaf and Shireen Yousaf.
Humza Yousaf’s parents are originally from Pakistan. His father, Muhammad Yousaf, is a retired bus driver who came to Scotland in the 1960s.
His mother, Shireen Yousaf, worked as a teacher before retiring. They both live in Glasgow, Scotland, and are known for their involvement in the local community.
Humza Yousaf has spoken publicly about his parents’ journey to Scotland and their experiences as immigrants, and how they instilled in him the values of hard work, education, and social justice. He has often credited his parents for his success and for inspiring him to pursue a career in politics.