For almost 38 years Sergio Aguilera, a native of Mexico, pursued two careers: banking and diplomacy. He joined Banco Nacional de Mexico (BANAMEX), the largest commercial bank in Mexico, right out of college. His banking career spanned over 20 years and several countries as he became successively Vice President and General Manager of the Los Angeles, New York, and London branches of the bank. Later he worked for Banca Serfin, the third largest commercial bank of Mexico at the time, where he became Senior Vice President of the bank and head of the International Area.
In the Mexican Foreign Service, Mr. Aguilera was successively Consul General of Mexico in Toronto, Canada, Sydney, Australia, and Shanghai, China, prior to coming to Indianapolis in 2002, where he opened the Mexican Consulate that today continues to serve Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Southern Illinois. In 2007, he retired from the Foreign Service and became a resident and later a naturalized citizen of the United States.
Presently, Mr. Aguilera devotes most of his time to volunteer work for nonprofit organizations. He has served on more than a dozen boards. He was the founder of the Mexican Scholarship Fund; was also a founding member of the Consular Corps of Indianapolis, the Sagamore Institute of Policy Research, and the Immigrant Welcome Center; and recently stepped down from the Board of Governors of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Immigrant Welcome Center and is the Chair Emeritus of the Mexican Scholarship Fund. He joined the IUPUI Board of Advisors in 2012.
Mr. Aguilera received his B.A. in international relations from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and his M.A. degree from Columbia University.