On this week’s episode of “What’s Next?’ Maggie Feldman-Piltch is joined by Bella Ling, Head of Communications for Airbnb, Greater China. This episode focuses on the ways private sector partners and private sector activity can promote national security. Bella and Maggie’s conversation exposes the interesting role Airbnb plays in public diplomacy, as the genuine experiences travelers get using Airbnb work to break down cultural and generational barriers. These effects are far reaching, and Maggie and Bella touch on the recent efforts by Airbnb to support Gilman Scholars, and draw connections between security cooperation and the unique form of public diplomacy that Airbnb promotes.
Bella Ling is the Head of Communications for Airbnb’s operations in Greater China. Airbnb, a private company, creates a digital marketplace for individuals to find local accommodation in over 34,000 cities and 191 countries around the globe. Ling’s career in private sector communication spans more than ten years, including key positions at United Technologies, SAP, Edelman, the GSA, Genencor International. Her skills range from media and stakeholder relations to crisis management and corporate branding.
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