James Manyika is a Senior Partner at McKinsey and Director of the McKinsey Global Institute. James is also a member of McKinsey’s Shareholder Council (Board of Directors). 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 has led research on the economy including, technology and the digital economy, growth and productivity, trade, competitiveness and labor markets. He has published a book on AI and Robotics and academic and business papers and reports and recently co-authored the book No Ordinary Disruption.

James was appointed by President Obama as Vice Chair of the Global Development Council at the White House (2012-present). Appointments by US Commerce Secretaries include, Digital Economy Board of Advisors (2016), National Innovation Advisory Board (2011) as part of the Competes Act. He is on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, Aspen Institute, 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. James is a non-resident Senior Fellow of Brookings Institution and a member of the Bretton Woods Committee.

James was on the Engineering Faculty at Oxford University and a member of Robotics Research Lab, a Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, a visiting scientist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a faculty exchange fellow at MIT. A Rhodes Scholar, James holds DPhil. MSc. MA. from Oxford in Robotics, Mathematics and Computer Science, a BSc in Electrical Engineering from University of Zimbabwe.

Positions held at the OII

  • Advisory Board Member, September 2011 –


  • James Manyika

    11 April 2013 Washington Post Live

    Profile of James Manyika, Director of the McKinsey Global Institute and member of US President's Global Development Council, who is also a member of the OII Advisory Board.