James Manyika

James Manyika

Dr. James Manyika is a director of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey & Company's business and economics research arm, and one of its three global co-leaders. James is also a director (senior partner) at McKinsey, where he is one of the leaders of McKinsey's Global High Tech, Media and Telecom Practice. Based in Silicon Valley, for the past 18 years he has worked with many of the world's leading software, systems, Internet, media, and communications companies on a variety of issues, including strategy, innovation, and helped companies outside of the tech sector fully leverage technology for business transformation. James serves on the McKinsey's global committee that reviews and elects directors of the Firm.

James has led research on business strategy issues as well as topics related to the global economy including technology and its impact on business and the economy, growth and productivity, and innovation and competitiveness. Recent topics have included the economic impact of the Internet in developed and developing countries, disruptive technologies, Big Data, growth and renewal in advanced economies, the future of manufacturing, labor markets, and the future of work. Much of this work has appeared in journals, books, and the op-ed pages of newspapers and business publications around the world. James has also spoken and participated at various global technology, CEO and policy forums. He has published a book on distributed networks and decision theory as well as numerous academic and business papers and reports.

James was appointed by President Obama to serve on the President's Global Development Council and to serve as the vice chairman of the Council. In 2011, James was appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce to serve on a 15-member national Innovation Advisory Board. James also serves on the boards of the Aspen Institute, the Oxford Internet Institute, UC Berkeley's School of Information (iSchool), Harvard's Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research, the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the American University in Cairo, the World Affairs Council, and Techonomy Media. James is a non-resident senior fellow of the Brookings Institution and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Prior to McKinsey, James was on the engineering faculty at Oxford University and a fellow at Balliol College, Oxford University, a visiting scientist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and a faculty exchange fellow at MIT. A Rhodes Scholar, James has served on the California Rhodes selection committee, and is involved with several philanthropic, arts organizations, and innovation forums, including AFRON (African Robotics Network). Born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe, James lives in San Francisco.

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