Thursday 23 March 2017


Data, Machines and People

James Manyika, Director of the McKinsey Global Institute

Drawing on the two reports that he has recently co-authored (Harnessing Automation for a Future that Works and The Age of Analytics: Competing in a Data-driven World) James Manyika, Director of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), will share his view of what we can expect from, and how we should prepare for, an increasingly data and technology intensive world.

James Manyika

James Manyika is a senior partner in McKinsey & Company’s McKinsey’s Global High Tech, Media and Telecom Practice, Director of the McKinsey Global Institute and a member of McKinsey’s Shareholder Council (its Board of Directors).

Based in Silicon Valley for 20 years, James has worked with many of the world’s leading technology companies and has led research on growth and productivity, technology and the digital economy, automation and the future of work, globalization, and competitiveness. He recently co-authored the book, No Ordinary Disruption .

James was appointed by President Obama to serve as Vice Chair of the President’s Global Development Council at the White House (2012-2016). He was appointed by US Secretaries of Commerce to the Digital Economy Board (2016) and to the Innovation Advisory Board as part of the Competes ACT (2011). He is on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Markle Foundation.

James is a member of the advisory boards of the Oxford Internet Institute, MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy, UC Berkeley’s School of Information, and Harvard’s Hutchins Center, including the WEB Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research. He is a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution and a member of the Bretton Woods Committee and the World Economic Forum Council on AI and Robotics. A Rhodes Scholar and a Smith Rippon Senior Scholar, James holds DPhil, MSc, and MA degrees from Oxford in Robotics and Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science, and a BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Zimbabwe.


For the second year running, MGI has been named the number one private sector think tank in the world by the Think Tank and Civil Society Program at the Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania.