James Manyika is a senior partner at McKinsey & Company and chairman and director of McKinsey Global Institute. Based in Silicon Valley for over 20 years, James 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 innovation. At MGI, James has led research on technology, the digital economy, the future of work, as well as on productivity, growth and competitiveness, and corporations in the 21st century. James published a book on AI and robotics, recently another on global economic trends and numerous articles and reports.
James was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as vice chair of the Global Development Council at the White House, and by US Commerce Secretaries to the Commerce Department’s Digital Economy board of advisers and the National Innovation Advisory Board. He has served on several national and international task forces related to innovation and an inclusive economy, currently as Co-Chair of Governor Newsom’s Future of Work Commission for California. He serves on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and is involved in research and advisory boards at Oxford, Stanford, MIT and Harvard. He is involved in various philanthropic activities, including serving on the boards of the Hewlett, MacArthur, and Markle Foundations.
A Rhodes Scholar, James received his DPhil, MSc, and MA. from Oxford in AI and robotics, mathematics, and computer science, and his BSc in electrical engineering from the University of Zimbabwe as an Anglo-American Scholar. He has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a distinguished fellow of Stanford’s AI Institute, a visiting fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and a fellow of DeepMind.
James is a member of the Trilateral Commission and has been a non-resident senior fellow of the Brookings Institution in Economic Studies. He was a visiting scientist at NASA Jet Propulsion Labs, and a faculty exchange fellow at MIT. At Oxford, he was a member of the Programming Research Group, the Robotics Research Lab, and was elected a research fellow at Balliol College.