Quick facts about Jessica Mudditt
- I was born in Australia and hold dual British citizenship (thanks Dad!).
- I left Melbourne almost a decade ago after studying Arts/Law at Monash University and realising I still had no clue what I wanted to do career-wise.
- I spent the first year away travelling across Asia before moving on to London, where I remained for three years – and came out at the end as an accredited as a newspaper journalist.
- In 2009 I crossed continents and spent the next three years working for national newspapers in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
- I moved to Myanmar in mid-2012 to take up a job with The Myanmar Times.
- I switched to freelancing a year or so later and also worked a few nights a week as a sub-editor at Myanmar’s first privately-owned daily newspaper in 50 years, Myanma Freedom Daily. When it suspended publication in April 2014, I continued writing for The Bangkok Post, Mizzima, DVB, The Irrawaddy and IRIN – plus an assortment of travel magazines and specialist trade publications.
- In September 2014 I started working for the British Embassy in Yangon. The role is a six month consultancy as UK Trade and Investment’s project manager – a truly excellent opportunity. As a result, I’ve retired from journalism until March 2015.
- I met my husband Sherpa in Dhaka four years ago – he was my translator. Nowadays he’s the the editor-in-chief of Myanmar Business Today. We live very happily in Yangon with our dog, cat and three tortoises and have no plans to move.