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

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 Manyika[1]
Children Julian



Manyika was born and raised in Zimbabwe in August 1965. He is married to Sarah Ladipo Manyika and the couple has a child named Julian [2]

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.[3] 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.[4] He has carried out research on several issues ranging from global economic trends, technology and its impact on business among other issues.[4] 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.

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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. https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/06/google-introduces-podcasts-app-clean-but-a-bit-too-simple/
  3. James Manyika McKinsey Consultant Zimbabwean Millionaire, The African Millionaire, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: March 14, 2015
  4. 4.0 4.1 James Manyika, McKinsey Global Institute, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: March 14, 2015
  5. Zimbabwean gets top Obama job, NewsDay, Published: December 24, 2012, Retrieved: March 14, 2015