James Manyika - Participant

James Manyika is a Director (Senior Partner) at McKinsey and Director of the McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey & Company’s business and economics research arm, and one of its three global co-leaders. James has led research on business and on global economic trends, including the digital economy, globalization, growth and productivity, innovation and competitiveness and labor markets. As a Director (Senior Partner) at McKinsey, he 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 advised many of the world’s leading technology companies and their chief executives on a variety of issues, including strategy and innovation. James is a frequent speaker at economic, business, and technology CEO and policy-maker forums, and has spoken at heads of state summits, G20/B20, UN General Assembly and the Pontifical Council for Peace and Justice at the Vatican. He has published a book on AI and Robotics as well as numerous academic and business papers and reports and recently a co-author of No Ordinary Disruption: The four global forces breaking all the trends. Much of his research has appeared and been cited in The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and HBR, among others. Recent articles and reports have included work on: Digital America, Jobs and Automation, Disruptive Technology, Digitization of Globalization, the Internet of Things, Chinese Innovation. Link to publications: http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/mgi/people/james_manyika  

James was appointed by President Obama in 2012 to serve on the US President’s Global Development Council at the White House and since 2013 to serve as the Vice Chairman of the Council. In 2011, James was appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce to serve on the Innovation Advisory Board as part of the Competes ACT. James is on the Boards of The Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute, the Oxford Internet Institute, 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. James is also the founding board member of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy together with Eric Schmidt, Marc Benioff, Reid Hoffman and Carl Bass. James 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 elected as Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford University, a visiting scientist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 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 University of Zimbabwe, where he graduated with a first and was the top student and was awarded the Anglo America Scholarship. James has served on the California selection committee for the Rhodes Scholarship and he is involved with several philanthropic, arts organizations, and initiatives.



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