Celina Pagani-Tousignant

Senior Fellow in Social Innovation

Celina Pagani-Tousignant is the president and founder of Normisur International, an international management-consulting firm that specializes in Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), workforce development, leadership training and executive coaching. Normisur International has a strong global presence with clients in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Celina’s goal is to create social change by building bridges between companies, government, NGOs, communities, and people from diverse backgrounds and forging relationships across cultural chasms. Her services include: executive briefings for senior leaders and board members, manager and worker training, project management, strategy development, organizational change management, executive coaching, facilitation, curriculum design, and speaker engagements.

Born and raised in Uruguay, South America, Celina fluently speaks Spanish, English and French, and has a working knowledge of Portuguese. She has an M.A. in Clinical Psychology, a MFT license, and is the author of Breaking the Rules- Counseling Ethnic Minorities as well as many published articles. Certified as a Life Coach with John F. Kennedy University, and an Integral Coach® with New Ventures West, she continuously inspires individuals and organizations to change and reach their best potential. Her corporate career spans 23 years, beginning with her work for large global and national companies such as Chevron Texaco, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Levi Strauss & Co. in research, analytical analysis, workforce development and community outreach.

Over the years, Celina has trained over 8,000 individuals and is often sought after nationally and internationally as a keynote speaker, facilitator, educator and consultant on topics related to Sustainability, CSR, Community Involvement, Work/Life, Diversity, Leadership and Cross-Cultural Communication. She has an innate ability to reach and inspire CEOs, board members and corporate senior leaders in embracing a sustainability agenda for their companies.

She has worked internationally with hundreds of executives in Latin America, Thailand, Mongolia, South Korea, Europe, South Africa, Vietnam and Malaysia, as well as various companies, government entities and international organizations including Servicio Médico de la Cámara Chilena de la Construcción in Chile, Forum Empresa in Panama, Asociación Empresarial Para el Desarrollo (AED) in Costa Rica, Ceres in Ecuador, DERES in Uruguay, CEDICE in Venezuela, Fundemas in El Salvador, Peru2021 in Peru, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Mongolia, Seoul National University in South Korea, and the European Union as part of a program to support the development of National CSR Plans for six Latin American countries. She partnered with Tellus Institute, the Inter American Bank and the Organization of American States (OAS) on numerous international assignments that were implemented in the Latin American region. Since 2001, she has presented on Sustainability and CSR topics all over the world through the U.S. Department of State Speaker Program. She has experience working with people around the world, including Argentina, Guatemala, Uruguay, Honduras, El Salvador, Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, Panama, Slovenia and East Jerusalem.

As executive coach, Celina has been inspiring change and empowering individuals and work teams for over 25 years. She has worked with numerous corporate and private clients in the U.S., Mexico, Chile, Peru, South Korea, Brazil, El Salvador, Ecuador, Uruguay, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Mongolia, as well as clients from non-profits and academia. She has been coaching health care executives and high-potential leaders through several leadership programs at UCSF Center for Health Professions since 2007.

Celina’s extensive teaching experience includes serving as faculty for the International CSR Certificate at Vincular, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso; Tecnológico de Monterey in Mexico, Ecuador and Peru, John F. Kennedy University; the Boston College Center for Work and Family; and The Sloan Center for Aging & Work. She served as member of the Advisory Board at Upwardly Global, a non-profit organization that helps immigrant professionals with legal residency in the U.S. find jobs, and is now a board member at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California.

Currently Celina is a Teaching Fellow at the following global organizations dedicated to promote Sustainability and CSR in society: the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship (BCCCC) and the Centrum for Corporate Citizenship Deutschland (CCCD) in Berlin, Germany. In addition, she is part of the Faculty at World at Work (WAW), an international professional organization that focuses on the design of people strategies for talent management and AED, a nonprofit business network and consultancy dedicated to sustainability in Costa Rica.

Celina is an opinion leader in the CSR and coaching areas, and she can be followed through her webpage and blog: normisur.com; on Twitter: @celinapt; Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/celina-pagani-tousignant-972951; and Facebook: facebook.com/normisurinternational