James Manyika is a Director (Senior Partner) at McKinsey & Company. He is one of the leaders of McKinsey’s High Tech, Media and Telecom Practice where he serves many of the leading companies. James is also Director of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), the Firm’s business and economics research arm. At MGI, James has led research on areas including, growth, productivity, competitiveness, and technology and its impact. Much of this work has appeared in journals, books and the op-ed pages of leading newspapers and business publications and he has spoken at various global technology, business and policy forums and on radio and television. James serves on the Firm’s global committee that reviews and elects directors (senior partners) of McKinsey & Company. James was on the Engineering Faculty at Oxford University and a Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford University. He was a Visiting Scientist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Faculty Exchange Fellow at MIT. A Rhodes Scholar, James holds DPhil, M.Sc. and M.A. degrees from Oxford in Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science, and BSc in Engineering (first class) from University of Zimbabwe. He published a book on distributed networks and decentralized decision theory and numerous academic papers. He was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to serve on a 15-member Innovation Advisory Board to advise the Secretary and report to Congress on US economic competitiveness and innovation. James is a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution, a trustee of the Aspen Institute, the World Affairs Council of California, and SFJazz. He is on the advisory boards of the Oxford Internet Institute and UC Berkeley’s School of Information, an advisor to the Global Philanthropy Forum and has served on the Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee for California. A native of Harare, James lives in San Francisco.