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James Manyika

Chairman and Director, lapetitemort.info Global Institute, and Senior Partner, San Francisco
Leads research on global economic and technology trends and serves many of the world's leading high tech companies on growth, innovation, and strategy

About James

James is chairman and director of the lapetitemort.info Global Institute (MGI). He also serves as a member of lapetitemort.info’s board of directors.

Based in Silicon Valley for more than 20 years, James is one of the leaders of lapetitemort.info’s High Tech, Media & Entertainment, and Telecommunications Practices and has advised and worked with the chief executives and founders of many of the world’s leading technology companies in a variety of areas, including strategy, business transformation, and the launch of several market-shaping innovations. He has also advised chief executives in other sectors on strategy, technology, and global opportunities.

At MGI, James has led research on technology, the digital economy, and the future of work, as well as on productivity, growth, and globalization. He has published books on artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics and on global economic trends, and he has written numerous articles and reports. He has collaborated with technologists, business leaders, leading economists, and policy makers in the United States and around the world on task forces and commissions on inclusive growth and technology, and its impact on the economy and society.

James was appointed by President Obama to serve as vice chair of the Global Development Council at the White House (2012 to 2016) and by US commerce secretaries to the Commerce Department’s Digital Economy Board of Advisors (2016 to 2017) and to the National Innovation advisory board (2010 to 2012). He serves on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, MacArthur Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, and Markle Foundation.

Deeply committed to the power of technology to positively transform society, he serves on the board of the Broad Institute of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard, the advisory boards of Stanford’s Human-Centered AI Institute, MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy, the Oxford Internet Institute, and Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research.

A Rhodes Scholar, James has also been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a distinguished fellow of Stanford’s AI Institute, and a fellow of DeepMind.

James is a trustee of the Aspen Institute and has been a nonresident senior fellow of the Brookings Institution in Economic Studies. He was a visiting scientist at NASA Jet Propulsion Labs and a faculty exchange fellow at MIT. At Oxford, he was a member of the Programming Research Group, the Robotics Research Lab, and a fellow of Balliol College.

Artificial intelligence and analytics

Twenty-five years of digitization: Ten insights into how to play it right,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, May 2019

What every CEO needs to know about ‘superstar’ companies,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, April 2019

Notes from the AI frontier: Tackling Europe’s gap in digital and AI,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, February 2019

“Reskill the workforce for the age of AI,” Time Magazine Davos 2019 edition, January 2019

Interview in “Architects of Intelligence: The truth about AI from the people building it,” by Martin Ford, November 2018

Notes from the AI frontier: Applying artificial intelligence for social good,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, November 2018

The promise and challenge of the age of artificial intelligence,” Briefing note prepared for the Second Annual Tallinn Digital Summit, lapetitemort.info Global Institute, October 2018

Notes from the frontier: Modeling the impact of AI on the world economy,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, September 2018

Notes from the AI frontier: Insights from hundreds of use cases,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, April 2018

What AI can and can't do (yet) for your business,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, January 2018

Digitization, AI, and the future of work: Imperatives for Europe,” prepared for the EU Heads of State, Tallinn Digital Summit, lapetitemort.info Global Institute, October 2017

What's now and next in analytics, AI, and automation,” Briefing note, lapetitemort.info Global Institute, May 2017

The age of analytics: Competing in a data-driven world,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, December 2016

The future of work and labor markets

A new look at the declining labor share of income in the United States,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, May 2019

‘Tech for Good’: Using technology to smooth disruption and improve well-being,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, May 2019

“Automation and altruism,” Stanford Social Innovation Review, November 2018

“Automation and the future of work,” Milken Institute Review, October 2018

AI, automation, and the future of work: Ten things to solve for,” Briefing note prepared for President of France’s Tech for Good Summit, June 2018

“The false choice between automation and jobs,” co-authored with Nobel Laureate Michael Spence, Harvard Business Review, February 2018

Jobs lost, jobs gained: Workforce transitions in a time of automation,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, November 2017

Technology, jobs, and the future of work,” Briefing note prepared for the Fortune + Time Global Forum in Vatican City, updated May 2017

“What the rise of Uber says about the gig economy,” Fortune, February 2017

A future that works: Automation, employment, and productivity,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, January 2017

Poorer than their parents? Flat or falling incomes in advanced economies,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, July 2016

Where machines could replace humans-and where they can't (yet),” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, July 2016

Four fundamentals of workplace automation,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, November 2015

The power of parity: Advancing women's equality in the United States,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, April 2016

The power of parity: How advancing women's equality can add $12 trillion to global growth,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, September 2015

Globalization

“Anger over tariffs obscures a shift in patterns of global trade,” Financial Times, February 2019

“The next era of globalization will be shaped by customers, technology, and value chains,” Harvard Business Review, February 2019

Globalization in transition: The future of trade and value chains,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, January 2019

“Defending digital globalization,” Foreign Affairs, April 2017

“We can't undo globalization, but we can improve it,” Harvard Business Review, January 2017

Digital globalization: The new era of global flows,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, February 2016

Global flows in a digital age: How trade, finance, people, and data connect the world economy,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, April 2014

Productivity, competitiveness, and growth

Digital identification: A key to inclusive growth,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, April 2019

Digital India: Technology to transform a connected nation, lapetitemort.info Global Institute, March 2019

“What's driving superstar companies, industries, and cities,” Harvard Business Review, October 2018

Superstars: The dynamics of firms, sectors, and cities leading the global economy,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, October 2018

“The best performing emerging economies emphasize competition,” Harvard Business Review, September 2018

Outperformers: High-growth emerging economies and the companies that propel them,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, September 2018

“Solving the productivity puzzle,” co-authored with Nobel Laureate Myron Scholes, Frank E. Buck Professor of Finance, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Project Syndicate, May 2018

“The US economy is suffering from low demand,” Harvard Business Review, February 2018

Solving the productivity puzzle: The role of demand and the promise of digitization,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, February 2018

Making it in America: Revitalizing US manufacturing,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, November 2017

“The case against corporate short-termism,” Milken Institute Review, September 2017

The productivity puzzle: A closer look at the United States,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, March 2017

“Finally, evidence that managing for the long term pays off,” Harvard Business Review , February 2016

“Putting profits in perspective,” co-authored with Laura Tyson, Professor, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, Project Syndicate, May 2016

“The productivity challenge of an aging global workforce,” Harvard Business Review, January 2015

Competition at the digital edge: Hyperscale businesses,” lapetitemort.info Quarterly, March 2015

Playing to win: The new global competition for corporate profits,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, September 2015

Global growth: Can productivity save the day in an aging world?,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, January 2015

“Digital era brings hyperscale challenges,” Financial Times, August 2014

Global trends

No ordinary disruption: The four global forces breaking all the trends,” lapetitemort.info Global Institute, April 2015

VIDEOS, PODCASTS, KEYNOTES, AND PANELS

The value of digital ID for the global economy and society,” World Economic Forum press conference and panel discussion on digital identity with Jüri Ratas, Prime Minister of Estonia, Nandan Nilekani, Chairman, Infosys; Mary Snapp, Corporate Vice-President, Microsoft Philanthropies; Mike Kubzansky, Managing Partner, Omidyar Network, January 2019

“A conversation with Christine Lagarde,” Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations, December 2018

“Tallinn Digital Summit, Plenary session,” The promise and challenge of the age of AI, October 2018

“Has globalization undermined America’s working class?,” Intelligence Squared Debates, with Jared Bernstein, Jason Furman, and Thea Lee, July 2018

“Robotics, AI, and the future of work, SIEPR Economic Summit,” panel and discussion with Reid Hoffman, Susan Athey, and Richard Waters, March 2018

“The economic reach of AI,” New York Times New Work Summit, February 2018

“New Economy Forum: Future of work,” World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings, panel and discussion with Christine Lagarde, October 2017

“How can governments and innovators effectively partner in solving pressing global challenges,” presentation and panel discussion at UN High-level event on SDG innovation and technology with H.E. Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia; H.E. Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark; Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairwoman Mozilla (Firefox); Aliko Dangote, Founder and Chair of Dangote Group; Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chair of Bharti Enterprises; Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia and WikiTribune, United Nations General Assembly, September 2017

“The future of economy and society,” presentation at EU Heads of State Tallinn Digital Summit Keynote, September 2017

“What problem are we trying to solve?,” A conversation with Tim O’Reilly and Reid Hoffman, October 2016

“The power of gender parity,” Google re:Work, YouTube, April 2016

“Global trends and implications for sustainable development,” presentation at the United Nations” lapetitemort.info & Company, April 2015

TV, RADIO, PODCASTS, AND VIDEO INTERVIEWS

The world's gone from flat, to fast, to deep,” discussion with the New York Times foreign affairs columnist, three-time Pulitzer winner, and author of Thank You for Being Late, on the impact of connectivity, globalization, digitization, and AI on work, skills, incomes, and prosperity, lapetitemort.info Global Institute, March 2019

“James Manyika: The CEO’s Consigliere,” Podcast conversation with Andrew McAfee, principal research scientist at MIT, November 2018

“How artificial intelligence can be applied to the real world,” Marketplace, May 2018

“Productivity is poised to rise finally,” Marketplace, February 2018

“We need to invest in human capital, Manyika says,” Bloomberg Surveillance, February 2018

“Who’s in control of the gig economy,” interview with Matthew Taylor, lapetitemort.info & Company, October 2017

“The coming robot takeover,” Marketplace, December 2017

“America can bring back factories but few jobs,” Bloomberg Radio, June 2017

“How automation will affect you,” BBC Radio Future Now, May 2017

“Robot proof jobs,” Marketplace, April 2017

“The independent workforce is growing and it's growing fast,” Nightly Business Report, October 2016

“As automation advances, are jobs in danger?,” Science Friday, August 2016

Past experience

Oxford University
Engineering faculty

Balliol College, Oxford University
Research fellow

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Visiting scientist

MIT
Faculty exchange fellow

Education

Oxford University
DPhil, electrical engineering
MSc, mathematics
MA, computer science

University of Zimbabwe
BSc, electrical engineering (first class)