James Chau is a television broadcaster who has guest presented on BBC World News and is currently a Special Contributor to CCTV News. He has interviewed Winnie Mandela, Robert Mugabe, Aung Sang Suu Kyi, Elton John, Kofi Annan, Paul Kagame, Joko Widodo and Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan. Following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, he reported extensively from Kuala Lumpur and was the first journalist to reveal the last words spoken by the missing pilots. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.
A longtime activist, he uses television and social media where he has 1.7 million followers on Weibo to support the rights of people living with HIV and AIDS. In 2009, he was named UNAIDS National Goodwill Ambassador for China. He expanded this commitment in 2016 with his appointment as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Sustainable Development Goals and Health by Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organisation.
He frequently speaks at high-level events, most recently at the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, where he moderated on behalf of Jack Ma’s Alibaba Group for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. He studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music and graduated from Cambridge University, where the annual John C.B. Chau Prize in Engineering is named for his father. He lives in Beijing.