Humza Yousaf is a Member of the Scottish Parliament representing the City of Glasgow on behalf of the Scottish National Party. His father, Muzaffar Yousaf, was born in Mian Channu Pakistan, before coming to Glasgow in the late 1960's. Humza Yousaf was born in Glasgow in 1985 where he has lived his whole life.
His father was the first non-white member of the Scottish National Party (SNP) joining in 1979. The SNP is Scotland's only political party which strives for Scotland's independence from the rest of the UK.
Humza followed his father's footsteps and has been an active member of the Scottish National Party since 2004. After graduating from Glasgow University, with honours in Politics, in 2007 Humza worked as a Parliamentary Aide to Scotland’s first Pakistani MSP the late Bashir Ahmad.
In addition he has worked with various other members of the Scottish Parliament including Anne McLaughlin MSP, Nicola Sturgeon MSP and First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond MSP.
Although his political interests are varied, Humza has publicly commented on the Middle East conflict, Scottish Independence, multiculturalism and counter terror measures in the UK.
He has also been a strong advocate reminding Scotland of its international aid obligations, and it was a matter of great pride that the SNP-led Scottish Government gave Pakistan £1.2m during the tragic floods of 2010.
Humza has been active in Glasgow in a range of community activities from a young age. He has been a volunteer for the International development NGO Islamic Relief since the age of 10. In the last two years he has voluntarily worked as the media spokesman for Islamic Relief Scotland, helping to manage campaigns during the Kashmir earthquake, the Swat Valley conflict, Haiti earthquake and recent Pakistan flooding.
In addition, Humza is involved in various inter-faith initiatives and was one of the organisers of the historic Scotland United against terror rally after the Glasgow Airport attacks in 2007. Humza has also been involved in a range of other activities such as volunteering in a Glasgow based community radio station over the last 12 years, youth mentoring and producing and distributing food packs for asylum seekers and refugees in Glasgow.
Humza is an Alumni of the US State Department’s prestigious IVLP (international visitor leadership programme). In December 2009, Humza was presented the Political Force of the Future Award at Glasgow City Chambers as part of the Young Scottish Minority Ethnic Awards. This year Humza was named as one of “The Ones to Watch” by the Scotland on Sunday newspaper.
Outside of politics Humza is a keen football player and has supported Celtic Football Club his whole life, attended games when he can. In addition, Humza has an interest in motorbikes, owning one himself, and enjoys going for long rides with fellow bikers across the UK.