Celina Realuyo


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, and threat finance issues in the Americas. As a former U.S. diplomat, international banker with Goldman Sachs, U.S. foreign policy advisor under the Clinton and Bush Administrations, state department director of Counterterrorism Finance Programs, and professor of international security affairs at the National Defense, Georgetown, and George Washington and Joint Special Operations Universities, Professor Realuyo has over 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 the New Global Security Environment,” “Following the Money Trail to Combat Terrorism, Crime, and Corruption,” and “Combating Illicit Networks in an Age of Globalization.” Realuyo appears and comments regularly for the international media, including CNN en Espanol, Foreign Policy, Reuters, Voice of America, and Univision Radio.

Professor Realuyo holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, MA from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), BS from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and Certificate from l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, France. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, International Institute for Strategic Studies, Women in International Security, Global Summit of Women, and the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association. Professor Realuyo has traveled to over 70 countries and speaks English, French, and Spanish fluently, and is conversant in Italian, German, Filipino, and Arabic.