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Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Astrid F. Kowlessar believes strongly in progress. Progress truly strengthens individuals, communities, businesses, governments...the world.

In ancient Rome central fires were kept constantly burning to ensure growth and progress of the Civilization. It is of due importance to fan the flames of progress and innovation through all strata of the value chain. Our continuity depends on this strong fire of conviction.

Astrid F. Kowlessar has 15+ years of formal strategic planning, governance, and project development expertise.She is passionate to obsession about emerging markets. Astrid believes that training and education with an entrepreneurial dimension along ALL lines of the value chain is essential for growth. She believes fervently in the restructuring of corporations and of governments to ensure a higher level of transparency and participation. She is a proponent of women in business, having come from a long line of business women. She is a strong Klout Influencer, a philanthropic socialite with a taste for Haute Cuisine, Haute Horlogerie, Haute Fashion and Exotic Automotives.

Astrid joined the Risk Analytics Unit at Citgroup Trinidad & Tobago as Risk Manager for the Energy Sector. In May 2007, she was handpicked as one of thirteen analysts from the entire Latin American region to be part of the Latin American Portfolio Management, headquartered at Banco Citibank, Brazil.

Astrid has also served as Managing Partner with Sente Capital Management LLC out of San Mateo California, assisting in the development of the boutique IP asset-backed Venture Capital Technology Fund. She has project led the Accessibility Capital Improvement process for Miami-Dade County with top infrastructure consultancy Reynolds Smith & Hills.

Astrid currently is the Director, Business & Project Strategy of Vezta Triumph Ltd. based out of Trinidad W.I. The emphasis is on organizational structure through comprehensive strategic planning, corporate governance, sustainable project management, and project development for private/public sector relations.

Your Interests and Preferences: 
Personal headline: 
Be Progressive. Have Purpose. Disrupt the Status Quo.
I am: 
Mentor/Advisor, Startup enthusiast
Field of activity: 
Business Development, Compliance, Finance, Other Occupations
Desired location(s): 
Austria, Germany, Vienna, UK, United States, around the globe
Additional notes: 
What is the point of innovation if not for the betterment of people? Be a social entrepreneur - have profit in purpose. The world needs you more than ever.

I focus on organizational structure, especially at the board and senior management level. Then, I help companies focus on target markets. A mismatched target market is downfall. Overall, I am your encouraging force.
Work experience: 
Sente Management Capital, LLC has been a U.S. based global asset management firm that provides its clients insightful expertise and strategies designed to enhance significant income and capital appreciation, while minimizing risk. These dual objectives were achieved via our investment strategies and methods predicated upon "risk mitigation", which is the central theme of all our strategies, and the unifying factor of all Sente Capital Management products and services.

Based on decades of direct experience in global investment and business development, Sente Management Capital, provided a broad range of strategic, financial, and asset management services that enable investors to meet their specific financial objectives.

Sente Capital Management LLC wrapped up consulting and capitalization activities in 2012 with the passing of Senior Managing Partner and Co-Founder Hal Spice.
Director, Business & Project Strategy
Strategic Execution: identify, prioritize, structure, and solve complex business problems, through the use of analytics, governance, and business judgment.

Market intelligence: Participate in analyses on key industry trends and dynamics (technology, competitors, regulatory), and develop insights on the economic impact on our businesses.

Thought leadership: Contribute to "research" type engagements to develop and articulate clients' organizational positions.

Long term growth plan: Collaborate with senior executives, product, marketing, professional services, finance, and other stakeholder groups to develop long term strategic direction and growth strategy.

Superb business judgment, market understanding, problem solving, and fact-based analysis to identify, prioritize, structure, and solve complex business problems.
Acct. Executive
Astrid has worked with a diverse, emerging market portfolio of clients, on credit approval and account management. The deal process, from arrangement mandate, credit due diligence, approval, treasury, booking, remedial management and ongoing relationship has allowed Astrid to hone both risk and relationship management skills.

In addition, working for a boutique merchant bank such as Sagicor Merchant Ltd., with prime function to provide investment management to parent insurance conglomerate, Sagicor Life Inc. allowed for a keen understanding of investor communication needs and dictates.

• Worked closely with the Business Development and Investment team in gathering and assessing information for client due diligence via management briefings, site visits, financial statements, credit checking.
• Worked closely with the Business Development and Investment team in green lighting the target corporate investment pipeline of deal range US$5 million to US$25 million.
• Conducted extensive cash flow analyses and prepared credit application presentations in accordance with parent Sagicor Life Group merchant bank procedures.
• Took an active role in working with client project managers to monitor budget overruns, built environment compliance, pre-sale reservations, to ensure investment conditions were met on schedule.
• Reviewed Investment Memos of public and private bond issuances to determine investment participation.
Credit Risk Officer/Manager
Astrid’s has sound organizational client management and due diligence background, having served as Credit Analyst with Citigroup Corporate & Investment Bank, focusing on the Energy and Retail sectors.

Risk Analytics Unit (RAU), Trinidad & Tobago
• Supported the Corporate Bank division by providing energy and retail sector clients with loan rollovers and new bookings. Maintained specified liquidity margins with a risk portfolio of over US$50 million.
• Worked with BANAMEX Remedial Management on reclassification and exit specifications for longstanding watchlisted clients.
• Geographic risk portfolio responsibility encompassed Trinidad,Barbados, Bahamas, and Jamaica.

Latin American Portfolio Management (LAPM) Division, remote for Banco Citibank, São Paulo Brazil
• One out of 13 analysts chosen in the entire Latin American
region to join the LAPM Division in São Paulo Brazil.
• Handled credit approval needs for Trinidad headquarters, while undertaking a portfolio of 30 Central American top retail and infrastructure corporations.
Barry University
International Studies; Econ/Finance
English, French, Spanish
Skills : 
International Project Management, Change Management, Strategy, Business Strategy, Risk management, Business development, Social media, Business Planning, Asset Management, Entrepreneurship, Consulting, Finance, Leadership, Management, Project management, Venture Capital, Analysis, International Business, Business process

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