Astrid Franchiska Kowlessar
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Ms. Astrid F. Kowlessar is a professional who has a passion for development via investment in financial and sustainable infrastructure. She specializes in risk management, project financing, project networking, corporate social responsibility training initiatives for business continuity, with emphasis on the Caribbean and Latin America.

Ms. Kowlessar, via Triumph International, served on the Programs & Events Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), and on the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee of the South Trinidad Chamber of Industry and Commerce (STCIC). The STCIC CSR team is currently geared to be the premier voice of corporate governance within Trinidad and the greater Caribbean through training and education. Ms. Kowlessar is also a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society of Trinidad & Tobago (CFASTT), and recently became introduced to the newly launched Caribbean Investor Network.

Ms. Kowlessar is avidly passionate about self-improvement and the Law of Attraction. Specifically, she follows (and sometimes adheres to) the advice and instruction of Napoleon Hill. She is always keen on attracting like minds to collaborate, communicate and create.

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A TAPESTRY OF VAGRANCY: on madness, creativity and freedom

I remember in senior year of college in Miami I had a friend who visited his then girlfriend in Trinidad. Upon his return he reported “full of stray dogs.” Mind you during this time I had not returned to Trinidad for years, and had quite forgotten about stray dogs and stray humans. So of course I went on the defensive – “there are SO many things to see and do in Trinidad,” I reprimanded, “how could you complain about stray dogs?!” We left it at that.

Fast forward six years after this… Continue

Posted on August 19, 2009 at 7:45am — 13 Comments

Port-of-Spain then and now - is sustainable infrastructure dependent on a people's mindset?

A friend from the US Information Services of Trinidad & Tobago sent these photos of Colonial Trinidad via e-mail. While the photos bring back nostalgia and patriotism, they also bring to my mind questions on sustainable infrastructure and the cultural aspects of such, in Port-of-Spain.

I have heard my elderly relatives say they wish Colonialism never ended in Trinidad. I would of course scoff at this (and still do), but now I understand a bit what they meant. The workable order… Continue

Posted on July 27, 2009 at 2:00am

Trinidad’s love affair with music from the 1980s – more to it than meets the ear…

It happens at any party – the house party, the club, the political party, even at church harvests, this return to music from the 1980s.

I left Trinidad as a teenager to live/study/work abroad and never really went back until Valentine’s Day 2006, returning with adult eyes eleven years after. One big experiment, with me being a variable as well! I wouldn’t give away all the juicy details of my re-adjustment (or lack thereof in some cases) to the most southerly isle of the Caribbean,… Continue

Posted on July 23, 2009 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

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At 8:28pm on October 2, 2009, Bruno Bernardo said…
muito obrigada Astrid. É a minha cachorra e chama se INUIT. Beijinhos
At 8:18pm on September 28, 2009, Ana Almeida said…
Hi Astrid, thanks for the request :)
At 1:25am on July 28, 2009, Lisa Punau said…
Helo Astrid, Thanks for adding me as a friend. It's just that I'm a first year in the university I attend, we are at present studying history &theories of anthropology and have yet to know more of anthropology before I can converse with you all on this site....otherwise I might be fooling myself pretending I know what you all are talking about....cheers!
At 8:32pm on July 22, 2009, Gauri said…
Hi Astrid, I see you've added me as a friend. Might I get to know you better before I add you..
At 10:15pm on July 21, 2009, Jim Weil said…
Hello, Astrid--

I just signed up a few days ago. I haven't listed my interests yet but plan to do so soon (anthropology of work, artisans, tourism; environmental anthropology; Costa Rica (formerly Bolivia);...etc.) What are your interests, aside from symbolic anthropology?

At 7:31pm on July 21, 2009, NIKOS GOUSGOUNIS said…
hello, what are your interests in symbolic Anthropology ?


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