I’ve been fortunate to be able to explore a number of exciting areas, in different parts of the world, work with some of the most interesting people on the planet, lead some ground-breaking projects. And I think some of them have been able to push the envelope in some significant ways, as well as deliver some very concrete positive change. Parts of what I’ve done are public, but unfortunately many of the most interesting projects are still confidential. On these pages I have gathered some of the documents that are public and I have also included reflections related to areas I’m involved in and/or find interesting as an attempt to be as transparent as possible.

This page

This is the fifth incarnation of my personal webpage that I took online 1995 when I moved my information from a Fist Class Swerver to the world wide web… and then I moved to pamlin.net in 2002 and have been there since then. This time I’ve tried to keep it simple and the page only have two parts. One where I post material that is public and another with reflections. ”Materials” is meant to give some idea of what I have done and “Reflections” is meant to give an idea of what I’m interested in moving forward. Currently “Reflections” is almost only book reflections as I hope to encourage people to read more books and spend less time browsing though trivia on the web… and I don’t want to contribute to more noise.

A general short bio that anyone can use

Dennis Pamlin is an entrepreneur and founder of 21st Century Frontiers. His main skill is work with companies, governments and other organisations as a strategic economic, technology and innovation advisor in the area of sustainability. His background is in engineering, industrial economy and marketing.

Mr Pamlin worked as Global Policy Advisor for WWF from 1999 to 2009. During his tenure, Pamlin initiated WWFs Trade and Investment Programme work in the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and led the work with companies (especially high-tech companies such as ICT) as solution providers.

From 2010 to 2013 he was the Director for the Low Carbon Leaders Project under the UN Global Compact.

He is currently a Senior Associate at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Senior Advisor at RISE, a visiting research fellow at the Research Center of Journalism and Social Development at Renmin university, and advisor to Centre for Sustainable Development at Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).

Current work includes work to establish a framework that can identify winners in a sustainable future, build a platform for global trend assessment, promote clusters capable of delivering transformative solutions, exploring the impact of our “digital twins” and develop tools that allow public procurement to support sustainable solutions. Pamlin is also leading work to develop tools for companies, organisations and cities to measure and report their positive impacts, focus on climate, water, health and poverty.

For an updated CV see LinkedIn (link above)


Mail is where I still prefer to get proposals, suggestions for collaboration, etc. I think mail is a great invention, but unfortunately it is impossible to read every email. Over periods I don’t have capacity to keep up with new emails, but it is important for me to work with new people on new issues, so if you have an interesting idea please don't give up after the first, or second or third email. If you still don't get a reply there is probably a lot of things happening and if there is nothing urgent I really hope that you can nudge me again after a few weeks. Please also be as specific as possible in the header regarding the area/issue you want to discuss. If we have met you can send a contact request thought LinkedIn. Please note that I don’t really use Twitter and I don’t use Facebook at all.

A tip: Please start the email with the suggestion/question and then provide more information, instead of writing the background first. The reason is that I, and also people helping me, often browse the mails on mobile devices and without knowing why an email should be read based on the subject and first sentence it is easy to jump to the next mail.

For those of you in China, I’m available on WeChat: dpamlin

For those with sensitive information get in contact and we can use signal to start with and then exchange PGP keys.