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Dickon Pinner

Senior Partner, San Francisco
Leads McKinsey’s Sustainability Practice globally, where he helps transform companies' product, service, and asset portfolios to capture the opportunities and mitigate the risks posed by climate change and other sustainability issues

About Dickon

Dickon is based in McKinsey's San Francisco office where he co-founded and leads McKinsey's global work in clean technologies and serves as the global leader of the firm's Sustainability Practice. Dickon helps companies address the resource-productivity challenges the world will face in terms of energy sources, transportation, food, land, water, and basic materials. He serves investors (venture capital, private equity, pension funds, sovereign-wealth funds), large energy and industrial incumbents (oil and gas companies, industrial original-equipment manufacturers, utilities, automotive original-equipment manufacturers), technology start-ups, and policy makers/influencers (government agencies, nongovernment organizations, regulators).

Dickon also helps clients who manufacture or use highly engineered products for companies in aerospace and defense, power generation, and oil and gas industries. Functionally, he focuses on increasing engineering productivity and transforming their product development systems, deploying techniques such as design to value, increased modularity, and increased automation. His experience extends to high tech as well; he previously was a leader in McKinsey’s Global Semiconductor Practice where he served many of the world’s leading semiconductor companies on strategy, capital productivity, and operational turnarounds.

He received a masters in science in physics at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a Fulbright scholar, as well as a PhD in physics at Cambridge University. Dickon is a prolific author and frequent speaker at industry forums, including, most recently, at the Clean Tech Investor Summit.

Published work

Earth to CEO: Your company is already at risk from climate change,” McKinsey & Company, September 2019

Reimagining mobility: A CEO’s guide,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2019

Reserve a seat—the future of mobility is arriving early,” McKinsey & Company, December 2018

How industry can move toward a low-carbon future,” McKinsey & Company, July 2018

How solar energy can (finally) create value,” McKinsey & Company, March 2016

Solar power comes of age: How harnessing the sun got cheap and practical,” Foreign Affairs, March/April 2015 (registration required)

Brave new world: Myths and realities of clean technologies,” McKinsey & Company, August 2014

Unconventional Wisdom: Fracturing enters a new era,” McKinsey & Company, August 2014

The disruptive potential of solar power,” McKinsey Quarterly, April 2014

Past experience

Shell Oil, the Netherlands
Reservoir engineer


Cambridge University
PhD, physics of organic semiconductor devices

University of California, Berkeley
Masters of science, physics

Cambridge University
Bachelor of arts, physics (Double first-class honours)