James Manyika

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James Manyika
James Manyika
Born James M. Manyika
Harare, Zimbabwe
Nationality Zimbabwe
Education University of Zimbabwe
Alma mater University of Zimbabwe, Oxford University
  • Entrepreneur
Spouse(s) Sarah Ladipo Manyika PhD[1]
Children Julian

James Manyika is a Zimbabwean national who is presidential advisor to United States of America president, Barack Obama and director at McKinsey and Company.


Manyika was born and raised in Zimbabwe in August 1965. He is married to Sarah Ladipo Manyika and the couples has a child named Julian

Educational Background

James Manyika studied for a Bsc in Electrical Engineering at the University of Zimbabwe before earning an MA, Msc and Phd from Oxford University.[2] He is also a Rhodes scholar, was a visiting scientist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; and faculty exchange fellow at MIT, and a Smith-Rippon Senior Scholar.


James is the director at McKinsey Global Institute where he is said to be one of the leaders at McKinsey’s Global High Tech, Media and Telecom Practice which is based in Silicon Valley.[3] He has carried out research on several issues ranging from global economic trends, technology and its impact on business among other issues.[3] Manyika has also worked with various institutions and is a board member of the University of California, Berkeley School of Information and Havard University's Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research.

Positions Currently Held

  • Trustee at the Aspen Institution and the World Affairs Council of California
  • Serves on the advisory boards of the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Information and Havard University’s Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research
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Positions Previously Held

  • Innovation Advisory Board at the Department of Commerce.[4]


  • Global growth: Can productivity save the day in an aging world?
  • Global flows in a digital age: How trade, finance, people, and data connect the world economy
  • Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy
  • Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation
  • Big data: The next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity
  • Connectivity for all
  • 2014’s Biggest, Wildest Ideas
  • Digital era brings hyperscale challenges
  • Measuring the full impact of digital capital
  • Overcoming obesity: An initial economic assessment

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  1. Vanessa Okwara, My style is simple and chic -Sarah Ladipo Manyika, New Telegraph, Published 3 Aug 2014, Retrieved: 15 Mar 2015
  2. James Manyika McKinsey Consultant Zimbabwean Millionaire, The African Millionaire, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: March 14, 2015
  3. 3.0 3.1 James Manyika, McKinsey Global Institute, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: March 14, 2015
  4. Zimbabwean gets top Obama job, NewsDay, Published: December 24, 2012, Retrieved: March 14, 2015