Vice President of IT, Koppers
Tushar Lovalekar is the Vice President of global IT operations and a member of the Leadership Council at Koppers. During his 20-year tenure at Koppers, Lovalekar held various positions in IT and worked on initiatives related to ERP systems, mobile computing, data analytics, SOX compliance, and cybersecurity. In his current role, Lovalekar focuses on stakeholder relations, IT strategy, IT governance, and digital transformation. On the Leadership Council, his 25+ years of industry experience helps to provide invaluable input related to technology, sustainability, employee engagement, communications, culture, and inclusion and diversity. Lovalekar was named finalist for the Pittsburgh Technology Council 2021 CIO of the Year award. He serves as a CIO governing body member of the Pittsburgh CIO Executive Summit. He serves on the Board of Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh (BVRS), serving on their Industries and IT committee. Lovalekar has a B.S. in electronics engineering from the University of Mumbai and a diploma in business management from NMIMS School of Business Management. Lovalekar is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh LP XXXVI. His certifications include ITIL foundations, Management essentials from Katz Graduate School of Business, and Post Graduate Program in Artificial Intelligence for Leaders from McCombs School of Business.
Data Justice: Ethical Practices + Better Decisions = Equitable Outcomes Applying a justice, ethics, and equity lens to eliminate data bias. Inherent bias can be built in the ways in which data is collected, analyzed, interpreted, and distributed. Biased data can be a barrier for innovating meaning actions, strategies, and measurable progress toward more equitable outcomes. As expectations of stakeholders continue to rapidly evolve, the ability to advance equity as a core aspect of an organization’s mission has emerged as the signature professional leadership competency to drive business sustainability in the 21st century—and data integrity will be foundational to meeting these expectations. This panel will highlight evolving thought leadership in operationalizing data justice to accelerate diversity, equity, and inclusion.