“What’s Next?” with Heather Lanigan

“What’s Next?” with Heather Lanigan

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On this week’s episode of “What’s Next?”, Maggie Feldman-Piltch is joined by Heather Lanigan, the Country Manager for the Middle East, North Africa and Europe region at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). This episode revolves around the topic of ‘smart cities’, discussing the different elements and players involved in planning cities for the future. Ms. Lanigan discusses the preparedness, resilience, and logistics behind designing ‘smart cities’. Topics cover the different components of ‘smart cities’ including transportation, communication, energy, and the role of companies in the development process.


Speaker’s Bio

Ms. Lanigan was a Project Analyst for the Latin America and the Caribbean region at USTDA. Prior to her international development work, Ms. Lanigan was a Production Manager at Random House, Inc., where she managed the production of the Living Language and Books on Tape imprints. Ms. Lanigan holds a Master’s degree in Global Finance Trade and Economic Integration from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She received a Bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University, graduating with honors in Sociology and Spanish.


About “What’s Next?”

“What’s Next?” is American Security Project’s weekly, non-partisan podcast series featuring interviews with national security leaders and critical issue experts. Each episode runs about 30 minutes- making it the perfect addition to your DC commute.

Hosted by Maggie Feldman-Piltch and produced by Matthew Wallin, the conversations go beyond the dinner party commentary and offer guests the opportunity to discuss their vision for security in the 21st century, the strategy that vision requires, and what it means for America going forward- in less time than it takes you to get to work. With topics ranging from geo-economics to nuclear security, cultural diplomacy to energy security and asymmetric operations, “What’s Next?” is one of the many ways ASP works to raise the American public’s understanding of complex security issues we face.