Chris Bashinelli, also known as, “Bash”, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. After a decade-long acting career including an appearance on the HBO hit television show, The Sopranos, Bash decided to follow his real passion - using media to build bridges between cultures.
In his early 20's, he became the youngest Moderator for the United Nations and made his first documentary about his travels to Tanzania. He now traverses the globe from Uganda to Haiti, as Host of 'Bridge the Gap,' a television series featured on PBS and the National Geographic Channel, where he discovers what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes.
He has harvested buffalo with Native Americans in Pine Ridge, lived as a nomad in Mongolia, and Sumo Wrestled with the heaviest Japanese human being in recorded history. He is a Moderator for the United Nations, an Eagle Scout, a National Geographic Explorer, and has interviewed some of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People on the Planet.
Bash has spoken around the world - from TEDx, to Abu Dhabi, to Azerbaijan - at multi-million dollar corporations, Ivy League Universities, and in the United Nations General Assembly Hall. He has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Dr. Jane Goodall and the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon.
- GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP – Open Your World View
- STEPS FROM THE STOOP - Cultivating Connection
- START AT STEP “Z” – Stepping into Powerful Performance
Celebrity, Entertainment, Media, Youth
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"Chris has a one of a kind entrepreneurial spirit coupled with an overwhelming desire to be a positive influence for his generation." - Former COO for Miracle Corners of the World
"Praise for Chris 'Bridge the Gap' is a great idea and it’s need has never been greater." - UN Ambassador
"Chris’s project is exciting and helpful to the people of our world" - Mbikusita-Lewanika (Zambia)
"Chris is beyond inspirational. Before, I thought 'I'm just one person, what can I do?' But now I feel I can really make a difference."- Student at Qatar Canadian School
"Chris is a trailblazer in that he is able to entertain and educate simultaneously."- Colony Magazine
"Chris has a one of a kind entrepreneurial spirit coupled with an overwhelming desire to be a positive influence for his generation." - Miracle Corners of the World