James Chau

Host of The China Current and UN Goodwill Ambassador

 

James Chau is a news anchor, UN Goodwill Ambassador, and host of The China Current with James Chau, a show that leverages the outreach of videos, podcasts and social media, and explores the challenges to our global future. He is the Tiffany & Co. Cultural Ambassador, the first person chosen to represent the watches and jewellery brand in this new international role.

He has earned a special reputation for his interviews with world leaders in politics, science and the arts, including Nobel Peace Prize winners Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, Aung Sang Suu Kyi and Muhammad Yunus, and also Bill Gates, Christine Lagarde, Elton John and Fatima Bhutto. A frequent public speaker, he has chaired and moderated many high-level events led by Angela Merkel, Jack Ma, Vladimir Putin, Justin Trudeau and Laura Bush amongst others.

A former guest presenter on the award-winning show Horizons on BBC World News, and a main anchor on China Central Television with an audience of 80 million people, his work seeks to bring understanding to critical issues in the world today: from climate change to gender equality and U.S.-China relations. He has written political features for Newsweek and Monocle.

He was selected as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in recognition for his work in journalism, global health and the United Nations. In 2009, he was named UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador, and in 2016 he was appointed to an additional role as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Sustainable Development Goals and Health. He covers many areas of health including pandemics, non-communicable diseases, emerging technologies and antimicrobial resistance.

Born in London, he studied at the Royal Academy of Music, Cambridge University and Harvard Kennedy School. He serves as an advisor to Global Health 50/50, and sits on the boards of the Menuhin Competition and MTV Staying Alive Foundation.