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Dr. James Manyika

  • Director, McKinsey & Company
    Member, Rework America Initiative 2013
    Member, Markle Workforce Initiatives Advisory Board

James Manyika is a senior partner at McKinsey & Company and chairman and director of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), the firm’s business and economics research arm. James also serves as a member of McKinsey’s Shareholder Council (its Board of Directors).

James is one of the leaders of McKinsey’s Global Technology, Media, and Telecom Practice. Based in Silicon Valley for over 20 years, he has worked with the chief executives and founders of many of the world’s leading technology companies on a variety of issues, including strategy and business transformation and the launch of several market-shaping innovations, products, and services. He also works with chief executives in other sectors on opportunities from technology and other global trends.

At MGI, James has led research on technology and its impact, the digital economy, future of work and labor markets, as well as growth, productivity, and competitiveness. He has published a book on AI and robotics as well as numerous articles and reports that have appeared in business media and academic journals, and recently a co-authored the book, No Ordinary Disruption. James is a frequent speaker at business and policy-maker forums around the world and routinely collaborates with Silicon Valley leaders, and economists and policy makers around the world on initiatives and commissions related to inclusive growth, technology and its impact, and moonshots.

James was appointed by President Obama as vice chair of the Global Development Council at the White House (2012-2016) and by US Commerce Secretaries to the Digital Economy Board of Advisors (2016) and the National Innovation Advisory Board (2010) as part of the America Competes Act. He serves on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, Aspen Institute, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Markle Foundation, and XPrize Foundation. He also serves on the advisory boards of the Oxford Internet Institute, MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy, UC Berkeley’s School of Information, Harvard’s Hutchins Center and WEB Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research, and is a member of the standing committee for the Stanford-based 100 Year Study on Artificial Intelligence. James is a non-resident senior fellow of the Brookings Institution in Economic Studies, and a member of the World Economic Forum Council on AI and Robotics.

James was on the engineering faculty at Oxford University and a member of the Programming Research Group and the Robotics Research Lab, a fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, a visiting scientist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and a faculty exchange fellow at MIT. As a Rhodes Scholar and a Smith-Rippon Senior Scholar, James received his DPhil. MSc. MA. from Oxford in Robotics, Mathematics and Computer Science. He received his degree in electrical engineering from University of Zimbabwe, where he was an Anglo American scholar and graduated top of his class.