Celina is a Professor of Practice at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies at the National Defense Universit (NDU), where she focuses on US national security, illicit networks, transnational organized crime, counterterrorism and finance-threat issues in the Americas.
As a former US diplomat, international banker with Goldman Sachs, State Department Director of Counterterrorism Finance Programs, and professor of international security affairs (NDU, Georgetown, George Washington and the Joint Special Operations University), she has over two decades of international experience in the public, private and academic sectors. She speaks regularly—in English and Spanish—on "Managing US National Security in the New Global Security Environment,” “The 3 R’s: Responding to Risk with Resourcefulness,” “Following the Money Trail to Combat Terrorism, Crime, and Corruption,” and "Combating Illicit Networks in an Age of Globalization."
Celine appears and comments regularly in the international media. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and MA from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), a BS from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and a Certificate from l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po), 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.
Celine has traveled to more than 70 countries, speaks English, French, and Spanish fluently and is conversant in Italian, German, Filipino and Arabic.