2019 Speakers

Mike Lee, Founder & Co-CEO

Mike Lee

Founder & Co-CEO, The Future Market / Alpha Food Labs

Mike Lee is the co-founder and co-CEO of Alpha Food Labs, a food innovation company that helps companies create innovation strategies and new products that are better for people, planet, and palate. Mike is also the founder of The Future Market, a futurist food lab that explores what our food system could look like in the next 5-25 years.

Through Alpha Food Labs and the Future Market, Mike and his team have worked on various innovation strategy and product development projects with companies that include Campbell’s, Danone, Barilla, Google, Applegate, Cargill, and more.

Mike’s experience in food design & innovation has covered a wide range over the past 14 years. Prior to Alpha Food Labs & The Future Market, Mike led product development initiatives on the Innovation & New Ventures team at Chobani. Mike focused on building out their savory platform and drove food design from consumer insights, to ideation, to food and brand development, to business planning and production.

Mike is a frequent speaker on food innovation and has been featured in many conferences and publications such as CNBC, Bloomberg, Fast Company, The New York Times, Money, Natural Products Expo West & East, The Culinary Institute of America, The National Restaurant Association, and many more. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Partnership for a Healthier America.

Mike is the grandson and son of Chinese restaurant owners in Detroit and was raised in those kitchens. He has a business degree from the University of Michigan and design from the Parsons School of Design. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.