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No Ordinary Disruption

James Manyika

James Manyika is a director at McKinsey & Company and director of the McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey‘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 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. He has published a book on artificial intelligence and robotics, as well as numerous academic and business papers, and recently co-authored No Ordinary Disruption: The four global forces breaking all the trends. James is a frequent speaker at economic, business, and technology CEO and policy-maker forums, including heads of state summits, G20/B20, UN General Assembly, and Pontifical Council for Peace and Justice at the Vatican.

James was appointed by President Obama in 2012 to serve on the US President’s Global Development Council and in 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 was elected to the board of the Council on Foreign Relations, where he is also a member. He serves on the boards of 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 a non-resident senior fellow of the Brookings Institution and a member of the Bretton Woods Committee. He has served together with other technology, business, and policy leaders on commissions and initiatives focused on the economy and role of technology in business and society, including the Markle Foundation’s Rework America Initiative, Open Society Foundation’s Future of Work, the World Economic Forum/E15 on Trade and the Digital Economy, and the Growth Dialog, and contributed to the UN process at for the post 2015 agenda for sustainable development.

Prior to McKinsey, 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 doctorate and masters of science and art degrees from Oxford in robotics and engineering, mathematics and computer science, and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from University of Zimbabwe. Born and raised in Harare, James lives in San Francisco.