James Chau is a broadcaster, writer and UN Goodwill Ambassador. He is a Special Contributor to China Central Television, where he interviews global leaders and reports headline news to 85 million viewers. He was a Guest Presenter on BBC World News and has 1.7 million followers on Weibo.
He has interviewed Winnie Mandela, Robert Mugabe, Paul Kagame, Joko Widodo, Elton John, Bob Geldof, Annie Lennox, Arianna Huffington, Jimmy Choo, David Tang, Diane von Furstenberg, Lauren Bush, Fatima Bhutto and Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan. He has also spoken on camera with Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus.
In 2015 he was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, an honour that recognises his journalism and his activism as Goodwill Ambassador for UNAIDS — the first person in China appointed to this role. He is a frequent public speaker. Recently, he moderated an event led by Bill Gates and, at the World Medicine Summit, interviewed four Nobel laureates.
Born in London, he studied at the Royal Academy of Music and Cambridge University. He lives in Beijing.
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