Neil Parmar

Implementing new media strategies, editing, writing and mentoring compels me forward. I relished wearing multiple hats as a deputy editor at OZY, a Silicon Valley-based start-up that showcases compelling new trends and rising stars through a digital magazine and partners that have included CNN, MSN, NPR and Yahoo. Most recently, I directed the launch of “States of the Nation,” a yearlong project featuring political innovators and innovations from all 50 U.S. states. I also oversaw OZY’s 2016 presidential campaign and election coverage and editorial accompaniments to “The Contenders,” a multi-part TV series that aired on PBS and the BBC and which featured interviews with former Vice President Joe Biden, John McCain and Ralph Nader.

Previously, I worked on the team that launched WSJ.Money, a magazine where I was promoted to managing editor, and spent eight months contributing research to “Waste Lands,” a Wall Street Journal/Pulitzer Prize-nominated series investigating the oft-overlooked sites that once worked with nuclear weapons materials but may have more recently posed contamination risks. Some of my other work has been published via Inc.EntrepreneurMoney and SmartMoney, where I was a Deadline Club award finalist following my investigation into close ties between some financial services companies and academic researchers. For The Huffington Post, I blogged about social entrepreneurship after I competed in the Hult Prize, a contest that aims to solve the planet’s biggest social challenges; former President Bill Clinton announced that my team and two others (out of some 4,000 applicants) were the winners and awarded $1 million to SolarAid, Habitat for Humanity and One Laptop per Child to implement some of our ideas.

Over the years I have lived and worked in Toronto, Abu Dhabi, New York City and Edmonton, and my storytelling obsessions have included start-up life and entrepreneurship, the Arab Spring, technology, consumerism, personal finance, education and health. I have also taught advanced multimedia journalism (at Ryerson University) as well as feature production, historic turning points in journalism and social entrepreneurship (at Humber College). Feel free to reach out via Email ({This email is obscured. Your must have javascript enabled to see it}), LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter.