James Manyika

Board member since 2018. San Francisco, Calif.

James Manyika is a senior partner at McKinsey & Company and chairman of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), the firm’s business and economics research arm. James also serves as a member of McKinsey’s Shareholder Council (the firm’s board of directors).

Based in the Silicon Valley for over 20 years, James has worked with the chief executives and founders of many of the world’s leading technology companies on a variety of issues. At MGI, James has led research on technology and its impact, the digital economy, future of work, as well as growth, productivity, and globalization. He has published a book on AI and robotics, another on global economic trends, as well as numerous articles and reports that have appeared in business and academic journals.

James was appointed by President Obama as vice chair of the Global Development Council at the White House (2012-2016) and by commerce secretaries to the U.S. Commerce Department’s Digital Economy Board of Advisors in 2016-2017 and the National Innovation Advisory Board in 2010-2012 as part of the COMPETES ACT. In addition to the Hewlett Foundation’s board, he serves on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Markle Foundation, and is a trustee of the Aspen Institute.

He also serves on academic advisory boards including Oxford Internet Institute, MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy, Harvard’s Hutchins Center (which includes the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research), and the Khan Academy. He is on the standing committee for the Stanford-based 100-Year Study on Artificial Intelligence, a fellow at DeepMind, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Previously, James was a nonresident senior fellow of the Brookings Institution in economic studies. He was on the engineering faculty at Oxford University and a member of the Programming Research Group and the Robotics Research Lab, a fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, a visiting scientist at NASA Jet Propulsion Labs, and a faculty exchange fellow at MIT. A Rhodes Scholar, James received his doctorate in philosophy, Master of Science, and Master of Arts from Oxford in robotics, mathematics, and computer science, and Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Zimbabwe as an Anglo-American Scholar.

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