November 14, 2012


Local Alcoa Inc. employee attends recent One Young World Summit

Human Resources professional chairs debate at global forum


Hadil Senno, human resource professional at Alcoa’s Knoxville office was selected as one of 10 Alcoa early-career professionals from seven countries to participate in the third annual One Young World Summit held in Pittsburgh, Penn. the week of October 18. 


Modeled after the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the One Young World Summit brought together more than 1,300 delegates under the age of 30 from 180 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 represented the company's operations in Brazil, China, Hungary, Jamaica, Russia, United Kingdom and the U.S. 


"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 continue to generate together with their peers."


Senno 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.


Senno is a recent Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in Spanish and International Business.  She has worked in human resources for Alcoa’s Global Primary Products since 2011 as an intern.  She accepted a full-time position with the company in May 2012.


While a delegate at the summit, Senno chaired a debate on whether  or not Wikileaks does the global community a service.


“Chairing the debate was one way I was able to hear the opinions of fellow delegates from different countries that encouraged us all to have a broader, global mindset,” said Senno. “The conference itself provided the environment for a diversity of youth in various functions to collaborate, share knowledge and support initiatives to solve issues with others we otherwise would never have the opportunity to meet. The connections made span a broad network that we can continue to rely upon as we improve our communities back home.”


During the summit, delegates participated in plenary sessions and heard speeches on various topics plus attended personalized breakout sessions around the city.  Former U.S. President Bill Clinton opened the four-day forum as the keynote speaker. 


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. 


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.


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




Hadil Senno, Alcoa Inc. Global Primary Products Human Resource Professional in Knoxville, Tenn.