International Alcoa Delegation of Future Leaders to Address Global Issues at One Young World Summit

October 15, 2012

Joining a network of socially committed individuals with leadership potential to focus on creating positive change in communities and businesses

PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that 10 of its early-career professionals from seven countries will participate in the third annual One Young World Summit, a global gathering of bright, young business and philanthropic leaders, who will discuss global issues and develop solutions to meet the challenges of the 21st century. In addition, Alcoa Foundation, through a partnership with the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, invited six environmental and educational NGO leaders from New York, China, and Pittsburgh to share ideas and best practices. The event will take place in Pittsburgh from October 18-22.

Modeled after the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the One Young World Summit will bring together 1,500 delegates under the age of 30 from 190 countries to present, debate, and develop solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental, business, education, health and political issues.

“This is a great opportunity to prepare Alcoa’s future leaders in a truly multi-cultural, multi-national experience as well as broaden their perspectives to approach business challenges,” said Mike Barriere, Alcoa Vice President Human Resources. “One of Alcoa’s strengths is our ability to leverage the differences and viewpoints our employees bring to the workplace. We look forward to the ideas, projects and initiatives these young adults will generate together with their peers.”

The Alcoa contingent represents the company’s operations in Brazil, China, Hungary, Jamaica, Russia, United Kingdom and the U.S. The Alcoa delegates are:

  • Alina Blyum, Alcoa Business System Manager, Samara, Russia
  • Eszter Bognar, Logistics and Export-Import Compliance Professional, Szekesfehervar, Hungary
  • Felicity Foster, Environmental Health & Safety Manager, Massena, NY, USA
  • Hadil Senno, Human Resources Professional, Knoxville, TN, USA
  • Jason Williams, Process Control Engineer, Clarendon, Jamaica
  • Kim Chua, Senior Development Metallurgist, Kitts Green, UK
  • Lauren Murphy, Business Development Associate, Alcoa Growth & Market Strategy, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • Malika Harrison, Community Engagement & Communications Specialist, Alcoa Foundation, New York, NY, USA
  • Mitilha Silva, Financial Analyst, Pocos de Caldas, Brazil
  • Zhou Quan, Manufacturing Engineer, Suzhou, China

Alcoa Foundation Sponsorships

Alcoa Foundation, through a partnership with the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, invited six young NGO leaders from cities in which Alcoa has a presence. They are:

  • Educational Leaders – Pittsburgh
    • Nina Marie Barbuto, Weekend Programs Coordinator, Carnegie Science Center, Carnegie Museum of Art, Assemble, I Made It! Market
    • Gina Grub, Assistant to the Henry Buhl Jr. Co-Directors, Carnegie Science Center
  • Environmental Leaders – Pittsburgh
    • Amy Piccirilli, Sustainability Coordinator, YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh
    • Lindsay Ruprecht, Sustainable Community Development Coordinator, ACTION-Housing, Inc.
  • NGO Leader – New York City, New York
    • Annie Kessler, School Partnership Director, City Year New York
  • NGO Leader – Suzhou, China
    • Yueping Li, Project Supervisor, Love Zone

Alcoa Foundation is also sponsoring “Night Owl” sessions at different informal venues throughout the city, such as cafes or coffee houses, where delegates will meet to discuss issues of global interest.

“The One Young World Summit gives young leaders a great opportunity to learn from global thought leaders and, together with their peers from around the world, develop solutions to significant business and societal challenges,” said Paula Davis, President Alcoa Foundation. “We are excited to support high-potential individuals from our partner NGOs who will offer their expertise in education and environment and gain new insights to strengthen their respective organizations.”

Conference delegates will participate in plenary sessions and listen to speeches on various topics plus attend personalized “breakout sessions” around the city. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will open the four-day forum as the keynote speaker. Also supporting the delegates are several high-profile counselors including Arianna Huffington, Founder & CEO Huffington Post; Jack Dorsey, Creator of Twitter and CEO of Square; and Bob Geldof, musician and activist.

This is the first time the global event has been held in the U.S. The inaugural summit took place in London in 2010, followed by Zurich in 2011. The 2013 session is planned for Johannesburg, South Africa.

Following the summit, delegates graduate to ambassadors. To date, almost four million people have been directly impacted by the work of One Young World ambassadors. There are currently more than 125 projects and initiatives involving in excess of 100 countries.

Nearly 100 young Alcoa employees submitted an essay application describing their passions and projects that are helping them create positive change. Alcoa partnered with One Young World on selecting the delegates to represent the company.

About Alcoa
Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 11 consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 61,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More information can be found at

About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately US$446 million. Founded more than 50 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$550 million since 1952. In 2011, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than US$20 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships, engaging its people to improve the environment and educating tomorrow’s leaders. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers who share their energy, passion and purpose to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the company’s signature Month of Service program, in 2011, a record 56 percent of Alcoa employees took part in more than 1,200 events across 24 countries, reaching 81,000 children, serving 9,000 meals, planting 34,000 trees and supporting 1,800 nonprofit organizations. More information can be found at

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