James Chau is an international television broadcaster and Host of The China Current.
He has earned a special reputation for his interviews with leaders in politics, science, and health, including Nobel Peace laureates Kofi Annan, Muhammad Yunus, and Jimmy Carter. He has also interviewed Winnie Mandela, Elton John, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Ban Ki-moon, Christine Lagarde, Paul Kagame, and Arianna Huffington among others.
He is the Host of The China Current, a digital show that explores the issues shaping the global future including COVID-19. During the pandemic, he has conversed on record with leaders in the pandemic response including Margaret Chan, Jeffrey Sachs, and Peter Piot. Previously, he was a main anchor on China Central Television and guest presented on BBC World News.
In 2016, he was appointed World Health Organisation Goodwill Ambassador for Sustainable Development Goals and Health. He was the first person to be appointed UNAIDS National Goodwill Ambassador for China. He has chaired and moderated high-level events with Angela Merkel, Justin Trudeau, and Laura Bush.
Born in London, he studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music and graduated from Cambridge University.
“James Chau's face beams out every night to millions of households throughout the world.”
“James Chau combines the exuberance of youth with a maturity of intellect that makes him an outstanding spokesman of his generation.”
Nirupama Rao, Indian Foreign Secretary
"James Chau’s professional approach to his interviews and talks is outshone only by his warm heart and genuine ability to pull in an audience. He was a fantastic guest and we look forward to having him again.”
David Jones, OYW Summit
“Thank you for being such an important force in the fight against HIV and AIDS.”
Sir Elton John, singer-songwriter
“It was an honour to share our painful past with you.”
Winnie Mandela, anti-apartheid activist
“A star broadcaster on China's CCTV... the first Chinese journalist to interview Aung Sang Suu Kyi.”
“Thank you for what you are doing with all of us to fight against this infection.”
Prof. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Nobel Prize laureate and co-discoverer of HIV