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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, he has worked with many of the world’s leading technology companies on a variety of issues, including strategy and innovation, and helped companies outside of the tech sector make the most of technology for business transformation. James has also served on McKinsey’s global committee that reviews and elects directors of the Firm.

James has led research on business strategy issues and on global economic trends, including technology and its impact on business and the economy, growth and productivity, globalization, innovation and competitiveness, and jobs and labor markets. Recent topics have included global trade and flows in the age of digitization, transformational technologies and disruptive innovation, impact of the Internet on developed and developing economies, global growth and productivity, the future of manufacturing, and jobs 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 is a frequent speaker at major economic, business, and technology CEO and policy maker forums. He has published a book on distributed networks and decision theory as well as numerous academic and business papers and reports and is a co-author of No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends.

James is a member of the US President’s Global Development Council and in 2013 was appointed by President Obama to serve as the Vice Chairman of the Council. In 2011, James was appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce to serve on a national Innovation Advisory Board, as part of the Competes ACT.  James also serves on the boards of the Aspen Institute, the Oxford Internet Institute, UC Berkeley’s School of Information (iSchool), Harvard’s Hutchins Center, including the 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. James is a non-resident senior fellow of the Brookings Institution, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the Bretton Woods Committee.

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 and arts organizations, and innovation forums, including AFRON (African Robotics Network). Born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe, James lives in San Francisco.

Selected published work

Unlocking the potential of the Internet of Things,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2015

No ordinary disruption: The four global forces breaking all the trends, PublicAffairs, May 2015

How do you govern a disrupted world?,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2015

The four global forces breaking all the trends,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2015

Connectivity for all,” Project Syndicate, January 2015

The productivity challenge of an aging global workforce,” Harvard Business Review, January 2015

2014’s Biggest, Wildest Ideas,”, December 2014

A summit of opportunity,” Foreign Policy, August 2014

Digital era brings hyperscale challenges,” Financial Times, August 2014

Are you ready for the second machine age?,” The Huffington Post, January 2014

Competition at the digital edge: ‘Hyperscale’ businesses,” McKinsey Quarterly, March 2015

Harnessing the power of shifting global flows,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2015

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

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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Jason Furman: US economic outlook in 2015

James Manyika in conversation with Jason Furman, Chairman of the US President’s Council of Economic Advisers.

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Can global economies tackle increasing debt levels?

James Manyika discusses how governments can deal with increasing levels of leverage and debt. He speaks on “Bloomberg Surveillance.”

video | YouTubeJames Manyika and Thomas Friedman

The next disruptions

James Manyika talks about global economic and technology trends in high tech, media and telecom.

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