James Chau is a main presenter on CCTV News, bringing stories and ideas to 85 million viewers, and a guest presenter on BBC World News, reporting on emerging innovations in business and science on the award-winning show, Horizons. He has interviewed Nobel laureates Muhammad Yunus, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, and Aung Sang Suu Kyi in her first public engagement with China since her release.
Weeks before the death of President Nelson Mandela in December 2013, he spoke exclusively with Winnie Mandela, whose longtime activism helped end the apartheid regime in South Africa. The interview was ﬁlmed in the Johannesburg house where Nelson Mandela lived on his release from prison, and where he wrote his acclaimed biography, Long Walk to Freedom.
In 2009, he became a UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador, the ﬁrst person in China to be appointed to this role. Together with his fellow activists, Annie Lennox, Sir Elton John and HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, he has showcased their journeys in AIDS in a series of television specials. In addition, he leverages social media on Sino Weibo where he has 1.7 million followers.
In other areas of media, he is currently writing his ﬁrst book. He will also feature in two new documentaries: a fashion showcase on the iconic American jewelers, Tiffany & Co., as well Kids-R, a ﬁlm on children’s rights featuring the singer-songwriter, Sir Elton John.
He studied at Cambridge University and lives in Beijing.