A seasoned news anchor and interviewer
He is a news anchor, United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, and host of The China Current with James Chau.
Over the years, he has interviewed Nobel Peace Prize winners President Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, Muhammad Yunus, and Aung Sang Suu Kyi, and other personalities who have shaped the last century including Winnie Mandela, Christine Lagarde, Arianna Huffington, and Meghan Markle.
In 2016, he was appointed by the World Health Organization as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Sustainable Development Goals and Health. Since 2009, he has also served as a UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador, the first person in China named to this position. A frequent public speaker, he has chaired and moderated high-level events led by Bill Gates, Jack Ma, Justin Trudeau, and Laura Bush.
James also currently serves as Editor-at-Large of China-US Focus, an initiative of the China-United States Exchange Foundation, a Hong Kong-based non-profit. In this capacity he presents The China Current with James Chau. Previously, he was a guest presenter on Horizons, the award-winning show on BBC World News, and a main anchor on CCTV News.
Born in London, he studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music and graduated from Cambridge University. He has also studied at the Harvard Kennedy School on a non-degree program on global leadership. He serves as a trustee of the Menuhin Competition.