James Chau

Television News Anchor and WHO Goodwill Ambassador


James Chau is a television news anchor. He guest presented the award-winning show Horizons on BBC World News, and is now a Special Contributor to CCTV News. James has earned a special reputation for his in-depth interviews with world leaders in politics and science. In December 2016, he spoke with Ban Ki-moon in his last conversation as United Nations Secretary-General. He has also interviewed Nobel laureates Kofi Annan, Aung Sang Suu Kyi and Muhammad Yunus – as well as Winnie Mandela, Joko Widodo, Robert Mugabe, Tung Chee-hwa, Margaret Chan, Arianna Huffington, Paul Kagame, Elton John, and a rare exclusive with China’s First Lady Peng Liyuan. He is also a frequent moderator at major events: the G20 Summit with Jack Ma, Justin Trudeau and Malcolm Turnbull; and the Global Partners Meeting on Neglected Tropical Diseases, where donors including Bill Gates pledged over $850 million.

In 2009, he was named UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador, and in 2016 he was appointed WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Sustainable Development Goals and Health. James was a Counsellor at One Young World Ottawa 2016 and has attended Summits in 2015 Bangkok, 2014 Dublin, 2013 Johannesburg, 2012 Pittsburgh and 2011 Zurich.