James Chau is a news anchor, United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, and host of The China Current with James Chau. Born in London to parents from Hong Kong and Indonesia, he studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music and graduated from the University of Cambridge. He has completed a non-degree course at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
He has earned a special reputation for his interviews with world leaders in politics, science and health including Nobel laureates Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, Muhammad Yunus and Aung Sang Suu Kyi. He has also interviewed Winnie Mandela, Ban Ki-moon, Robert Mugabe, Christine Lagarde, Mahathir Mohamad, Paul Kagame, Joko Widodo, David Cameron, Elton John, Arianna Huffington, Meghan Markle, Peter Piot and China’s First Lady Peng Liyuan. He is the host and producer of The China Current with James Chau, a digital storytelling experience that leverages videos, podcasts and social media to dissect the challenges facing our shared global future. He was a guest presenter on Horizons, BBC World’s award-winning weekend show, and before that a main anchor on China Central Television with 80 million viewers. He has written major political features for Newsweek and Monocle.
He is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, an honor recognizing his work in journalism and with the United Nations: in 2016, he was appointed World Health Organization Goodwill Ambassador for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Health by WHO Director-
General Dr Margaret Chan, and re-appointed by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus; since 2009 he has served as UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador, the first person in China named to this role. He is a frequent public speaker, chairing and moderating high-level events led by Vladimir Putin, Jack Ma, Bill Gates, Justin Trudeau, Charlize Theron, Laura Bush, Michelle Bachelet and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf amongst others. He is a member of the board of the Menuhin Competition and the MTV Staying Alive Foundation.