Conference Leadership

About Our Leadership Team


Dr. Ken Ford is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Institute for Human & Machine  Cognition, a not-for-profit research institute in Pensacola, FL.  Dr. Ford is the author of hundreds of scientific papers and six books. Dr. Ford’s research interests include: artificial intelligence, cognitive science, human-centered computing, and entrepreneurship in government and academia.


Dr. Ken Lee is a Professor of Food Science at the Ohio State University and Director of the OSU Food Innovation Center.  Dr. Lee’s lab investigates new food safety technologies.   He has led the OSU FIC since 2009, an initiative that specializes in innovative ways to improve the human condition by way of food.  He has published more than 70 scholarly papers and was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2015



Dr. Stephen Phinney  is a physician-scientist and Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of California-Davis and serves as the Chief Medical Officer at Virta Health. He has twenty-five years of clinical experience as a director of multi-disciplinary weight management programs. He’s contributed to numerous books and peer reviewed articles and is an expert in low carb nutrition and metabolism, fatty acids, inflammation, and the metabolic syndrome.


Dr. Jeff Volek  is a registered dietitian and professor in the Department of Human Sciences at the Ohio State University.  For the last two decades, he has performed cutting edge research elucidating how humans adapt to diets restricted in carbohydrate with a dual focus on clinical and performance applications.  His work has contributed to the existing robust science of ketones and ketogenic diets, their use as a therapeutic tool to manage insulin resistance, plus their emerging potential to augment human performance and resiliency.