James Manyika

Board member since 2018. San Francisco, Calif.

James Manyika is Google-Alphabet’s first Senior Vice President for Technology and Society where he focuses on areas ranging from AI and other future technologies, computing infrastructure, sustainability, and other areas that have the potential for broad impact on society.

He is chairman and director emeritus of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) and senior partner emeritus of McKinsey & Company, where he spent 26 years advising the chief executives of many of the world’s leading technology companies. He led MGI for 13 years, including leading research on technology’s impact on business and the economy.

James was appointed by President Obama as vice chair of the Global Development Council at the White House, and by U.S. Commerce Secretaries to the Digital Economy Board and the National Innovation Board. He serves as vice chair of the National AI Advisory Committee which advises the President on AI. He also serves on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, the MacArthur, and Markle foundations.

He is a visiting professor at Oxford University’s School of Government and serves on the board of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and on advisory boards of research institutes at Stanford, Harvard, Oxford, Toronto, and LSE. He has been a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s Committee on Responsible Computing, and of the steering committee of the Stanford-based 100-year study of AI.

He has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a distinguished fellow of Stanford’s ­Human-Centered AI Institute, a distinguished research fellow in ethics & AI at Oxford, a visiting fellow of All Souls College, and a fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. A Rhodes Scholar, James has a doctorate in philosophy, master of science, and master of arts from Oxford in AI and robotics, mathematics, and computer science, and a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the University of Zimbabwe.

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