James Chau – broadcaster, writer and UN Goodwill Ambassador.
1. My passport, which reminds me that travel and movement is always a privilege.
2. My copy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights given to me by President Mary Robinson.
3. My water, because it is essential even though it is not available to all.
4. My MacBook, on which I am writing my first book
5. My speakers, because music makes me happy.
James Chau is a broadcaster, writer and UN Goodwill Ambassador. He is a Special Contributor to China Central Television, where he interviews global leaders, and reports headline news to 85 million viewers. He was a Guest Presenter on BBC World News and has 1.7 million followers on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter.
He has interviewed Winnie Mandela, Robert Mugabe, Paul Kagame, Joko Widodo, Elton John, Bob Geldof, Annie Lennox, Arianna Huffington, Jimmy Choo, David Tang, Diane von Furstenberg, Lauren Bush, Fatima Bhutto and Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan. He has also spoken on camera with Nobel Peace Prize winners, Aung Sang Suu Kyi and Muhammad Yunus.
In 2015, he was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, an honour that recognises his journalism and his activism as Goodwill Ambassador for UNAIDS — the first person in China appointed to this role. He is a frequent public speaker. He recently moderated an event led by Bill Gates and, at the World Medicine Summit, he interviewed four Nobel laureates.
Born in London, he studied at the Royal Academy of Music and Cambridge University. He lives in Beijing.