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 Espanol, Deutsche Welle, Foreign Policy, Reuters, and Univision and has testified before Congress on national security, terrorism, and crime issues.
Throughout her career, Professor Realuyo has been a trusted strategic advisor to the most senior leaders in U.S. government, military, business, and academic circles on international issues. At the National Defense University since 2007, she has educated top U.S. and foreign military and civilian leaders. From 2002-2006, Professor Realuyo served as the State Department Director of Counterterrorism Finance Programs in the U.S. Secretary of State’s Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism in Washington, D.C. In the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks, she returned to government service to apply her international banking skills to the financial front of the war on terror. She co-chaired the Terrorist Financing Working Group and managed a multi-million dollar foreign assistance program to safeguard financial systems against terrorist financing. Under her stewardship, the U.S. delivered training and technical assistance to over 20 countries across four continents (including Afghanistan, Indonesia, Iraq, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia, for over 1800 foreign counterparts, and her team received an “A-” from the 9/11 Commission for their efforts to combat terrorist financing in 2005.
Professor Realuyo is a graduate 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.