Helena Thorfinn is a Swedish writer and development professional currently living in Yangon, Myanmar. Helena moves between writing, journalism and development issues with the common denominator a passion for people and how people strategize to live their lives, personally, politically and practically. For many years Helena was one of Sweden´s leading newsreporters, working as staff reporter for both daily newspapers (Svenska Dagbladet) and producing documentaries and television. For a few years she was based in London as correspondent for Swedish State television, SvT.
In the beginning of year 2000 she decided to quit journalism and started to work fulltime with human rights and development aid, for Save the Children and Swedish development agency, Sida.
In 2005 she was posted to the Embassy of Sweden in Bangladesh with her family and was rocked by the realities she saw unfoldning on the streets in front of her eyes, at the same time as her family life very much ressembled family lives in Stockholm. The old journalist in her woke up, and she started to write.
Her debute novel ”Before the River Gets Us” is a fictional story, but very close to the realities of ex pat life in many large cities in Asia and Africa. It is also a way for the writer to with accuracy and a feeling for nuances process and discuss large global issues in a small place - the ex pat bubble in one of the worlds poorest countries.