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Celina B. Realuyo

Guest Speaker

Professional affiliation

Professor of Practice, William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, The National Defense University

Full Biography

Celina Realuyo is Professor of Practice at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies at the National Defense University where she focuses on U.S. national security, illicit networks, transnational organized crime, counterterrorism, threat finance, and women in peace and security issues. As a former U.S. diplomat, international banker with Goldman Sachs, State Department Director of Counterterrorism Finance Programs, and professor of international security affairs at the National Defense, Georgetown, George Washington, and Joint Special Operations Universities, Professor Realuyo has two decades of international experience in the public, private, and academic sectors. She speaks regularly in English and Spanish on "Managing U.S. National Security in 21st Century,” “The 3 R’s: Responding to Risk with Resourcefulness,” “Following the Money Trail to Combat Terrorism, Crime, and Corruption,” and "Promoting Public-Private Partnerships to Combat the Convergence of Illicit Networks.” Professor Realuyo is a regular commentator in the international media, including CNN en Español, Deutsche Welle, Foreign Policy, Reuters, and Univision and has testified before Congress on national security, terrorism, and crime issues. Professor Realuyo is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and holds a Certificate from l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, France. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, International Institute for Strategic Studies, and Women in International Security. Professor Realuyo has traveled to over 70 countries and speaks English, French, and Spanish fluently, and is conversant in Italian, German, Filipino, and Arabic.