James Chau is a broadcaster, writer, and Goodwill Ambassador for WHO and UNAIDS.
He was a Guest Presenter on BBC World News, appearing on the award-winning business show, Horizons, and is currently a Special Contributor to CCTV News after ten years as its main anchor. He is active on social media, writing for the Huffington Post and has 1.7 million followers on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter. He has been profiled by the Financial Times, Sunday Times and Vanity Fair, and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2015.
He has interviewed many of the world’s leading personalities – amongst them Nobel Peace Prize winners Kofi Annan, Muhammad Yunus and Aung Sang Suu Kyi, as well as Winnie Mandela, Robert Mugabe, Elton John, Bob Geldof, Paul Kagame, Joko Widodo, Diane von Furstenberg, David Tang, Jimmy Choo, Annie Lennox and Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan. Most recently, he reported on the Syrian civil war, the Paris terrorist attacks, the COP21 climate talks, and the outbreaks of Zika and Ebola. Following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, he travelled to Kuala Lumpur and was the first international journalist to reveal the last words spoken by the missing pilots.
Kruger Cowne Speaker Awards: Far East Affairs Speaker of the Year 2014, 2012.
“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