Latin America Alumni Group

Latin America Co-ordinator: Roberto Herbert Portillo Aparicio

Roberto organises social and networking events for Lancaster alumni in Latin America.

To receive invitations, please ensure that your address details on the alumni database indicate that you live in Latin America. Update your details online (requires log on) or by emailing alumni@lancaster.ac.uk

To find out more about the group, please email Roberto directly.

What I'm doing now

I'm currently working for SABMiller El Salvador (my home country) in the manufacturing area. SABMiller is one of the biggest Brewing companies around the world, and here in El Salvador they own the National Brewery (“Industrias La Constancia”), The Coca Cola Bottling Plant and a Bottled Water Plant. I´m the Continuous Improvement Leader for the manufacturing area. 

I have recently (2013) created a relocation Services Company for people coming to work, live or visit the country (“Moving In El Salvador Relocation Services”. As the creator of this company I am part of the executive committee and manage the logistics and operations of the company as Operations Director.

My best Lancaster memory

As you could imagine I have many great memories at Lancaster, but I have to say that one of my best moments was graduation day, when I heard my name in the auditorium and went to pick up my Diploma. This moment was the realisation of achieving one of my main goals in life for which I had worked really hard for many years (saving to pay my studies, applying, studying, etc.). After the ceremony, I gathered and celebrated with my “new” great friends that I´d met during my time at Lancaster and felt inexplicably joyful and grateful because I have had the honor to meet all of them and the privilege to attend Lancaster University.

This moment was definitely one of the best memories I have from Lancaster and is embedded in my mind as one of the best moments in my life.

What Lancaster means to me

Lancaster gave me the opportunity to have a better education, learn new things and develop myself professionally and personally. Lancaster for me is not only “a University I attended” it is more than that, it is where I met great friends, where I had truly great moments and memories (a couple of bad memories during exams), where I improved many of the skills that make me the professional and person I am now. Lancaster opened its arms and made me feel welcome from the very first day when I got off the bus that rainy evening. For me, Lancaster was not only a “stage” of my life, it was a turning point in which I became a better person and gave me the opportunity of meeting people that now form part of my life and will do forever.

Lancaster believed in me and will be my home for days to come! I hope I can one day give something back to Lancaster.

Why I volunteer as an alumni group co-ordinator

Browsing the events on Lancaster´s Alumni website I realized that Latin America has no formal group. I know there are many Alumni in this part of the world and this fact motivated me to start-up an Alumni group for all of us. I made lots of GREAT friends during my time at Lancaster, many of them from Latin America and I want to coordinate this network to strengthen our friendship and make sure all the other Latin American Alumni have the opportunity to do so as well.

Lancaster gave me great things such as education, friends and values, and as a group co-ordinator I want to keep on supporting these learnings and share them with my fellow Alumni by creating a strong network which could build great opportunities for all of us.