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Sylvia Laksmi


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Sylvia Windya Laksmi commenced her PhD study at the NSC in February 2017. She holds a BSc. from University of Padjadjaran (Indonesia) focusing on International Security Studies and a Master’s in Terrorism Studies from University of Indonesia (UI).

Sylvia first joined Indonesian Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) in 2007 serving in the Inter-Agency Cooperation Unit, mainly responsible for the coordination of money laundering and terrorism financing investigations. Prior joing ANU, she has been promoted as a senior analyst/researcher since 2013 and responsible in handling analysis focusing on Terrorism Financing cases. Sylvia has a breadth of experience as a subject matter expert on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing issues both in the domestic and international context.

PhD programme

National Security College

Topic title

The analysis of government capabilities in countering the social network-based terrorist financing

Topic description

Sylvia’s thesis work at the NSC is on the analysis of Indonesian Government’s capabilities in countering the social network-based terrorist financing. Her focus is on the social network analysis on illicit financial flow of terrorist groups’ networks in Indonesia and Southeast Asia-Pacific, including financial technology innovations which influence the development of terrorist financing.

Sylvia’s PhD research is aiming to provide a comprehensive map of terrorist financing issues in Indonesia through social network analysis and a study of government’s capabilities in addressing the issues. Findings could ultimately contribute to improving Indonesian Government’s strategy in countering social network-based terrorist financing.


BSc. Thesis: Peran pemerintah Amerika Serikat dalam upaya penanggulangan Abu Sayyaf Group di Filipina Selatan (The role of United States Government in countering Abu Sayyaf Group in southern Philippines), UNPAD 2007.

MSc. Thesis: Dinamika pendanaan organisasi teror: Analisis perubahan pola pendanaan terorisme di Indonesia (The Dynamics of terrorist organisation’s funding: An analysis of changes in terrorist financing’s pattern in Indonesia), UI 2012, pp156.

Laksmi, Sylvia W (2015), ‘Money laundering: Child sex exploitation case, Republika, 30 May 2015.

Laksmi, Sylvia W (2015), ‘Rethinking the anti-terrorism strategy of Indonesia’, The Jakarta Post, 19 June 2015.

Laksmi, Sylvia W (2015), ‘Countering terrorism’s center of gravity: Money or ideology?’, The Jakarta Post, 30 October 2015.

Laksmi, Sylvia W (2016), ‘Abusing virtual world to finance terrorism’, The Jakarta Post, 15 July 2016.

Laksmi, Sylvia W & Santoso, Agus (2016), ‘Regional terrorism financing risk assessment framework: Southeast Asia and Australia’, Counter Terrorist Trends and Analysis Journal, vol. 8, no. 10, pp. 20-24.

Laksmi, Sylvia W (2017), ’Terrorism financing and the risk of internet-based payment services in Indonesia’, Counter Terrorist Trends and Analysis Journal, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 21-25.

Scholarships and fellowships

Australia Awards Indonesia Scholarship 2017

Mailing address

Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

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