A seasoned television presenter, writer, and UN Goodwill Ambassador.
James Chau is a seasoned television presenter, writer, United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, and host of The China Current with James Chau, a digital storytelling experience about our shared global future.
Over the years, James has earned a special reputation for his interviews, including with Nobel Peace Prize winners President Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, Muhammad Yunus and Aung Sang Suu Kyi, and other personalities such as Winnie Mandela, Christine Lagarde and Arianna Huffington.
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 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 Hong Kong-based nonprofit the China-United States Exchange Foundation, and in this capacity he presents The China Current with James Chau. Previously, he guest presented Horizons, the award-winning show on BBC World News, and was an anchor on CCTV News.
Born in London to parents from Indonesia and Hong Kong, he studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music and graduated from Cambridge University. He has also completed a non- degree program on global leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He holds a number of non-profit roles, including on the board of trustees of the Menuhin Competition.