McKinsey Global Institute
James Manyika is a director (senior partner) at McKinsey & Company based in San Francisco. He is also a director of the McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey's business and economics research arm. As a leader in McKinsey's Global High-Tech and Strategy Practice, he serves several of the world’s leading communications, Internet, software, and systems companies on a variety of issues, in particular on growth and innovation, strategy, and organization. James has led several major research efforts focused on drivers of growth, productivity, and competitiveness; labor market dynamics; the economic impact of multinationals; and technology trends and their impact on business and the economy. He previously directed McKinsey's Technology Initiative, which included collaborations with several executives and leading companies as well as academics at Oxford, MIT, and UC-Berkeley, and he has led other McKinsey research on IT productivity, the knowledge economy, and the global high-tech industry, working with MGI and McKinsey's High-Tech Practice. He has authored a book on distributed networks and decentralized decision theory, numerous academic papers, and articles that have appeared in academic journals, books, and the op-ed pages of leading international publications, including the Financial Times, Economist, Newsweek, Les Echos, Washington Post, Forbes, and The McKinsey Quarterly. Prior to joining McKinsey, he was on the engineering faculty at Oxford University and was elected to be a research fellow at 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 D.Phil., M.Sc., and M.A. degrees from Oxford in electrical engineering, mathematics, and computer science, and as an Anglo-American Scholar, he graduated with a B.Sc. in electrical engineering (first class) from the University of Zimbabwe.