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Sylvia Laksmi

Sylvia Laksmi

PhD Candidate, Strategic & Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University; External Contributor

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Sylvia Laksmi, an Indonesian national, is a renowned subject‑matter expert in the field of anti‑money‑laundering and counter‑terrorism‑financing.

Since 2007, she has worked as a senior financial intelligence analyst in the Indonesian Financial Intelligence Unit in the specialised area of financial crimes intelligence investigations. Sylvia is currently a PhD candidate at the Australian National University, examining Indonesian counterterrorist financing policies and their impact on terrorist operations in Southeast Asia and the Asia–Pacific. Apart from her research work, she’s also an established trainer who has provided training to government officers and private‑sector specialists domestically as well as at the international level. In 2016, she was called upon to be a member of the National and Regional Anti‑Money Laundering and Counter‑Terrorist Financing Team to develop risk assessment projects and a training syllabus.

Her other notable posts include Teaching Fellow of Military and Defence Studies Program for the Australian War College at the Australian National University; Adjunct Lecturer at Charles Sturt University, Canberra; Research Fellow in International and Strategic Studies at the University of Malaya; Visiting Scholar at the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism, Singapore; and Senior Researcher at the Centre for Terrorism and Radicalism Studies, Indonesian Police Science College. In 2019, given her considerable depth and credibility, Sylvia was called upon to assist the Philippines Government in a project for Peace Youth Communities to generate counter‑narratives against IS‑inspired groups and the Communist Party. She holds a Bachelor of Political Sciences, which included a thesis on the Abu Sayyaf Group, from University Padjadjaran (Indonesia), and an MSc focused on terrorist financing study from the University of Indonesia.