Jason will be joining a network of socially committed individuals with leadership potential to focus on creating positive change in communities and businesses.
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 dialogue, debate and develop solutions to some of the world's most pressing environmental, business, education, health and political issues.
The Alcoa contingent represents the company's operations in Jamaica, Brazil, China, Hungary, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States.
Jason, a Caribbean national and employee of Jamalco, has distinguished himself by his selection, from a competitive field, to be one of ten to represent Alcoa at this summit,” said Human Resources Manager Christopher Buckmaster. “We are confident that he will be a worthy ambassador and the experience will help to strengthen him as a future leader of this organization. We wish him every success.”
Jason was selected from an application pool of nearly 100 young Alcoa employees who submitted essays describing their passions and community service projects that are helping them create positive change. Alcoa partnered with One Young World on selecting the 10 delegates to represent the company.
Jason was born in Barbados and joined the Alcoa family in 2008. He has been working as a Process Control Engineer in the QUASAR program providing control application solutions at Jamalco. He is a Rotarian in Clarendon, Jamaica and an active member of the basketball club in Lionel Town, a neighboring community to the refinery. Through these avenues he fuels his passion to assist Jamaican youths in holistic development.
Jason is excited about the upcoming event and explained that the focus will be on developmental issues that impact communities in our operating areas. “We’ll be discussing economic development and sports, transparency and global health. We are going to the conference to highlight what Alcoa is doing to improve the communities in which it operates and to take back ideas to improve our environment and company,” Jason explained.
In addition to the Alcoa delegation, Alcoa Foundation, through a partnership with the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, invited six environmental and educational NGO leaders from New York City, Suzhou, China and Pittsburgh to share ideas and best practices. The 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.
During the summit, 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.