James Manyika is a senior vice president at Google LLC. As head of technology and society, he focuses on artificial intelligence (AI), the future of work and the digital economy, computing infrastructure, sustainability, and other areas with the potential for broad impact on society.
Previously, Manyika spent over twenty-five years at McKinsey & Company, including serving on its board, and is now senior partner emeritus and chair emeritus of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), which he helmed for thirteen years and where he led research on technology and the economy. Based in Silicon Valley, he has worked with the chief executives of many leading technology companies.
Manyika was appointed vice chair of the Barack Obama administration’s Global Development Council and served on the Commerce Department’s Digital Economy Board and the National Innovation Board. He has served on task forces related to technology and the economy, most recently co-chairing the CFR Task Force on U.S. Innovation and National Security. The governor of California appointed him to co-chair the California Future of Work Commission. He serves on the boards of the Hewlett and MacArthur philanthropic foundations.
He is a visiting professor at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government and a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s committee on responsible computing. He serves on the board of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and on the advisory board of research institutes at Harvard, Oxford, MIT, the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of Toronto, and Stanford University, where he has also served on the steering committee of the hundred-year study of AI.
Manyika has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a life fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a distinguished fellow of Stanford’s Institute for Human-Centered AI, a distinguished fellow in ethics and AI at Oxford, a fellow of DeepMind, and a visiting fellow of All Souls College and Balliol College, Oxford. A Rhodes Scholar, Manyika received his BSc in electrical engineering from the University of Zimbabwe and his MA, MSc, and DPhil from Oxford in AI and robotics, mathematics, and computer science, respectively.