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About James

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.

Selected published work

Can long-term global growth be saved?,” McKinsey Global Institute, January 2015

Is GDP the best measure for growth?,” McKinsey Global Institute, January 2015

India's tech opportunity: Transforming work, empowering people,” McKinsey Global Institute, December 2014

A productivity perspective on the future of growth,” McKinsey Quarterly, September 2014

Lions go global: Deepening Africa’s ties to the United States,” McKinsey Global Institute, August 2014

Brazil's path to inclusive growth,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2014

Grow fast or die slow,” McKinsey & Company, April 2014

The flow of value: An interview with Michael Spence,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2014

Global flows in a digital age,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2014

Lions go digital: The Internet’s transformative potential in Africa,” McKinsey Global Institute, November 2013

Open data: Unlocking innovation and performance with liquid information,” McKinsey Global Institute, October 2013

Urban world: The shifting global business landscape,” McKinsey Global Institute, October 2013

Breaking the US growth impasse,” McKinsey Quarterly, August 2013

Measuring the full impact of digital capital,” McKinsey Quarterly, July 2013

Game changers: Five opportunities for US growth and renewal,” McKinsey Global Institute, July 2013

Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2013

India's internet opportunity,” McKinsey Global Institute, March 2013

Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation,” McKinsey Quarterly, November 2012

Preparing for a new era of work,” McKinsey Quarterly, November 2012

Capturing business value with social technologies,” McKinsey Quarterly, November 2012

Debt and deleveraging: Uneven progress on the path to growth,” McKinsey Global Institute, January 2012

A great transformer,” The Financial Times Connected Business, November 2011

An economy that works: Job creation and America's future,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2011

Big data: The next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2011

Productivity and growth: The enduring connection,” The Wall Street Journal, February 16, 2011

Growth and renewal in the United States: Retooling America's economic engine,” McKinsey Global Institute, February 2011

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  • Past experience
    Oxford University Engineering faculty
    Balliol College, Oxford University Research fellow
    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Visiting scientist
    MIT Faculty exchange fellow
    Oxford University DPhil, MSc and MA degrees in electrical engineering, mathematics and computer science
    University of Zimbabwe BSc in electrical engineering (first class)

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