James Manyika is a director of the McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey & Company's business and economics research arm, and one of its three global co-leaders. Based in Silicon Valley, for the past 18 years he has worked with many of the world's leading software, systems, Internet, media, and communications companies. Dr. Manyika has led research on topics related to the global economy including technology and its impact on business and the economy, growth and productivity, and innovation and competitiveness. He was appointed by US President Barack Obama to serve on the President's Global Development Council and has been appointed to a number of other US national and international bodies. Before McKinsey, Dr. Manyika was on the engineering faculty at Oxford University, a fellow at MIT, and a visiting scientist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He's visiting New Zealand in October to speak at the Festival of Colour in Wanaka and Queenstown, about the impact of technology on our lives. Dr. Manyika was born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe and now lives in San Francisco.