Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM EDT
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The Colony Palm Beach Pavilion Room 
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Celeste Simon 
World Affairs Council of Palm Beach 

Central America: Following the Money Trail to Combat Crime & Corruption 


Tuesday, March 20, 2018                           
The Colony Palm Beach Pavilion Room
155 Hammon Avenue
Palm Beach, Florida  33480
6:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Dr. Celina Realuyo will discuss Central America and the many problems it must solve

Speaker Profile:  

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. counterterrorism official, and Professor of international security affairs at the National Defense, Georgetown, George Washington, and Joint Special Operations Universities.  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 “Combating the Convergence of Illicit Networks in an Age of Globalization.” and has testified before Congress on national security, terrorism, and crime issues.

As a professor of national security at the National Defense University since 2007, Realuyo  has educated top U.S. and foreign military and civilian leaders. From 2002-2006,  Dr. 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. . She co-chaired the Terrorist Financing Working Group 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, . Prior to returning to Washington, Dr. Realuyo was a private banker in London with Goldman Sachs International.  Previously, she had a distinguished career as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer serving as a political officer abroad in Madrid, Panama, and the U.S. Mission to NATO, Brussels. 

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


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