About James

James Manyika is a senior partner at McKinsey & Company and a director of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey’s business and economics research arm, serving as one of its three global co-leaders. James was elected to McKinsey’s Shareholder Council (board of directors).

James is also one of the leaders of McKinsey’s Global High Tech, Media and Telecom Practice. Based in Silicon Valley for 20 years, he has worked with many of the world’s leading technology companies and their chief executives on a variety of issues, including strategy and innovation, and helped launch a few market-shaping initiatives. He has also worked with business leaders in other sectors on opportunities from technology and other global trends. In addition, he has collaborated with several Silicon Valley leaders on research related to technology and broadening opportunities for economic impact and participation and societal benefits.

As an MGI director, James has led research on the global economy, including growth and productivity, technology and the digital economy, automation and the future of work, globalization and competitiveness. James has spoken at various CEO, economics, and policy-maker forums around the world, including at the White House, G20/B20, UN General Assembly, the European Commission, Moscow Open Innovations, and the Vatican. He has published a book on AI and robotics as well as numerous academic and business articles and reports that have appeared in media and journals, and recently co-authored the book, No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends.

James was appointed by President Obama to serve as vice chair of the President’s Global Development Council at the White House (2012-present). He was appointed by US Secretaries of Commerce to the inaugural Digital Economy Board of Advisers (2016) and to the Innovation Advisory Board as part of the Competes ACT (2011). James serves on the boards of The Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute, the Oxford Internet Institute, MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy, UC Berkeley’s School of Information, 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. He is a non-resident senior fellow of the Brookings Institution and a member of the Bretton Woods Committee.

James was on the engineering faculty at Oxford University, and a member of the Robotics Research Lab and Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford University, a visiting scientist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Man-Machine Systems, and a faculty exchange fellow at MIT. A Rhodes Scholar and a Smith Rippon Senior Scholar, James holds DPhil, MSc, and MA degrees from Oxford in robotics and engineering, mathematics and computer science, and a BSc degree in electrical engineering from the University of Zimbabwe.


The independent workforce is growing and it's growing fast,” Nightly Business Report, October 2016

The power of gender parity,” Google re:Work, April 2016

The digital economy,” Techonomy, November 2015

Tom Friedman: Global forces breaking all the trends,” World Affairs Council, October 2015

Countries that trade more grow better,” Bloomberg, May 2015

Global trends and implications for sustainable development,” Mckinsey & Company, April 2015

Selected Published Work

Harnessing automation for a future that works,” McKinsey Global Institute, January 2017

The age of analytics: Competing in a data-driven world,” McKinsey Global Institute, December 2016

Here's how to get the U.S. economy to grow 3.5% or more,” Fortune, December 2016

Technology, jobs, and the future of work,” McKinsey Global Institute, December 2016

Global migration’s impact and opportunity,” McKinsey Global Institute, November 2016

Robots and the future of jobs: The economic impact of artificial intelligence,” Council on Foreign Relations, November 2016

How digital finance could boost growth in emerging economies,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 2016

Poorer than their parents? A new perspective on income inequality,” McKinsey Global Institute, July 2016

Where machines could replace humans—and where they can’t (yet),” McKinsey Quarterly, July 2016

Dean of disruption,” Intelligence, 2016

Putting profits in perspective,” Project Syndicate, May 2016

Realizing gender equality’s $12 trillion economic opportunity,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2016

Five priorities for competing in an era of digital globalization,” McKinsey Quarterly, May 2016

The power of parity: Advancing women's equality in the United States,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2016

Secular stagnation and low investment: Breaking the vicious cycle—a discussion paper,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2016

Urban world: The global consumers to watch,” McKinsey Global Institute, March 2016

Digital globalization: The new era of global flows,” McKinsey Global Institute, February 2016

How many of your daily activities could be automated,” Harvard Business Review, December 2015

Digital America: A tale of the haves and have-mores,” McKinsey Global Institute, December 2015

Four fundamentals of workplace automation,” McKinsey Quarterly, November 2015

How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 2015

The new global competition for corporate profits,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 2015

An executive's guide to the Internet of Things,” McKinsey Quarterly, August 2015

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,” Ozy.com, 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

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Social Media

In emerging economies, the next frontier for technology pioneers is financial inclusion,” LinkedIn, September 2016

Radio interviews

As automation advances, are jobs in danger?,” Science Friday, August 2016

Past experience

Oxford University
Engineering faculty

Balliol College, Oxford University
Research fellow

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Visiting scientist

Faculty exchange fellow


Oxford University
DPhil, MSc, and MA degrees, electrical engineering, mathematics, and computer science

University of Zimbabwe
BSc, electrical engineering (first class)