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Laxmi Topandasani

Bachelor of Business Administration, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 2002.

Laxmi has 15 years’ experience in financial management. She manages two members of the LTS Indonesia finance team and she has been exposed to similar programmes and projects within UNORCID and with DFID MFP3. In her current role for LTS, she manages the LTS finance and administration team, working on LTS’ Indonesia based projects, including ‘Sustainable Forest and Biodiversity Management in Borneo (SFBMB)’, with project sites in Kalimantan. Her roles have also seen Laxmi contribute to multiple events and field visits, including working in a team to coordinate UNORCID’s presence at Forest Asia, the premier regional event for the forestry community across the region.

Laxmi undertakes daily, weekly, and monthly finance operations, maintaining effective, robust and efficient financial reporting and financial administration systems for LTS. She prepares timely and accurate monthly and quarterly accounts, ensuring all costs, including data from timesheets, expenses claims, sub-contractor costs and supplier costs are collated and accounted for on a monthly basis, or at other intervals as required. Laxmi has set up project specific financial reporting systems and day to day management of revenues and costs. She maintains a finance manual and documentation of internal controls and procedures; and works closely with the LTS finance teams in the UK, Kenya and Malawi to ensure consistency of financial and administrative matters. She also has demonstrated experience dealing with ad-hoc financial and administrative requests for assistance from clients and subcontractors.

Her finance specific roles have also allowed Laxmi to develop a core technical knowledge in the areas of forests, land use and climate change, as evidenced by her exposure to this within the United Nations, including at UNORCID. Laxmi is able to operate at the highest levels, has excellent communication skills, both oral and written, including being able to liaise confidently with people from different international backgrounds, cultures and experiences. She is fluent in both English and Indonesian.

Service areas:
climate change