CCTV anchor and National UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for China
James Chau is the National UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for China – the first person to be named to this position on the Chinese mainland. He has lived in Beijing for six years, in Hong Kong for three years and for his first 22 years in London, where he was born in December 1977 to parents from Hong Kong and Indonesia.
James’ news and business programs are watched in more than 80 countries on China Central Television’s English channel, CCTV-9. He also fronts his own show, World Insight, which brings an in-depth look to the main headline stories.
On and off screen, James partners with the United Nations to fight stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV. For this work he has travelled through India, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Norway and the United States, visiting anonymous testing centres, counselling services, local communities and methadone clinics to listen, learn and help bring new awareness.
James was among 40 health activists named to the inaugural Young Leaders Summit at Google in California, and took part in the follow-up Oslo meeting hosted by HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway. He continues his involvement as a working-group member of the aids2031 initiative, for which he co-wrote the report Asian Economies in Rapid Transition: HIV Now and Through 2031, which was launched at the International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific in Bali, Indonesia. He is a Media Leader of the World Economic Forum.
James first appeared on television on a British daytime children’s show, Splash, after auditioning for Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor. In 2004, the Beijing Times featured him on the front cover of its special edition on the Asian Cup football final.
James graduated from Cambridge University and is a Freeman of the City of London.