James Chau: Biography highlights
James is a broadcaster, writer and Goodwill Ambassador for WHO and UNAIDS. He is a Special Contributor to China Central Television, where he interviews global leaders and reports headline news to 85 million viewers.
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James Chau’s Background
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.
James 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.
In February 2016, James Chau has been appointed by the World Health Organization as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Health. Since 2009, he has also served as UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador, the first person in China named to this position.
He has been described as one of China’s leading AIDS activists. He came under the early mentorship of Belgian scientist Peter Piot, who co-discovered the Ebola virus and has traveled on health missions to India, Norway, Indonesia and the United States.
Most recently, James 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.
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Indian Foreign Secretary
James Chau combines the exuberance of youth with a maturity of intellect that makes him an outstanding spokesman of his generation.'
'James Chau's face beams out every night to millions of households throughout the world.'
'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.'