Yussuf was born and grew up in Zanzibar. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) with Education in English and Swahili from the State University of Zanzibar and an MA in African Studies from SOAS, University of London.
He is a native Swahili speaker with teaching experience in Primary, Secondary and Higher Education environments.
He worked as a teaching assistant at the State University of Zanzibar between 2006 and 2010 and during 2007/8 he taught Swahili at Stanford University on a Fulbright programme.
Yussuf joined the University of Cambridge Language Centre as a Swahili Teacher in February 2014.