A seasoned news anchor and interviewer
He has earned a special reputation for his interviews with leaders in politics, science, and health, including Nobel Peace Prize laureates Kofi Annan, Muhammad Yunus, and Jimmy Carter. He has also interviewed Winnie Mandela, Christine Lagarde, Jane Goodall, Paul Kagame, Elton John, and Arianna Huffington among others.
He hosts The China Current, a digital platform with interviews, videos, and podcasts that explore the relationship between humanity and our shared global future. Previously, he was an anchor on China Central Television and has guest presented on BBC World News.
In 2016, he was appointed World Health Organization Goodwill Ambassador for Sustainable Development Goals and Health. He formerly served as UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador. He regularly chairs and moderates international events with high-level personalities including Bill Gates, Angela Merkel, Jack Ma, Justin Trudeau, and Laura Bush.
Born in London, James studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music and graduated from Cambridge University. He attended the Harvard Kennedy School on an executive education program.