Chris Bashinelli was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York to Italian and Lebanese parents. His childhood friends shared a combined total of 13 nationalities – which significantly shaped his world view. After a successful acting career, including an appearance on The Sopranos (HBO), Chris decided to follow his passion. At 20 years old he moved to Tanzania to experience life in the developing world firsthand. Since then he’s devoted his life to understanding the life and plight of others. He hasn't looked back since.
As Host and Executive Producer of the internationally recognized series, Bridge the Gap, Chris traverses the globe from Tanzania to Thailand to experience life in someone else's shoes. Bridge the Gap's pilot episode premieres on National PBS Television. Chris has harvested Buffalo with Native Americans, walked miles for clean water in Haiti, ran from venomous bees in Uganda, and worked side-by-side with individuals from countless corners on Earth.
As a Guest Writer for award-winning publications including the Huffington Post and Lonely Planet he shares stories of social activists creating positive change in developing regions worldwide, personal stories of self-discovery and growth, and travel guides for the adventurer.
Chris is a sought after International Speaker who has appeared around the world at universities, conferences, corporate events, and frequently for the United Nations. In 2011 Chris became the youngest male to moderate the UN's International Day of Peace, an event that included Stevie Wonder, Dr. Jane Goodall, and Academy Award-winning actor, Michael Douglas. Whether he's speaking at a community college in Appalachia or a UN Conference in Geneva, Chris shares his message of the “global stoop” we all live on.
Chris graduated from Marymount Manhattan College, Cum Laude with a BA in Theatre Arts. He has interviewed some of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People on the Planet, and is one of the less than 5% of Boy Scouts to attain the rank of Eagle Scout. He is also a Global Expert for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. From eating a still bleeding Buffalo liver in South Dakota to gutting raw fist in Abu Dhabi - Chris presents us with a new way of looking at the world.
Thanks to his passion, charisma, and willingness to step outside of his comfort zone, Chris has become a renowned speaker around the globe from the United Nations to Azerbaijan. His youthfulness and relatable personality have made him a Generation-Y expert and the United Nations Go-To-Kid for all things youth, Brooklyn and Cultural Exchange.
Speeches (length: 20 minutes to 2 hours)
In his presentations, Chris shares both humorous and death-defying stories from his journeys, coupled with footage from his adventures as host of Bridge the Gap. Chris leverages his personal and professional experiences into one-of-a-kind presentations that inspire attendees to “Ignore the Noise,” “Step Outside of Themselves” and “Find Their Stoop.”
- Global Citizenship: A message of global citizenship transmuted through the lens of Bridge the Gap, emphasizing cultural exchange.
- Find Your ‘WHY’: Audience members are led on a journey to find their reason for being through Chris’ personal stories of self-discovery.
- No Matter What: How to create a successful venture, including Chris’ partnership with Ben & Jerry’s.
- United Nations International Day of Peace
- Youth Philanthropy Conference (Michigan)
- UN ILO Youth Unemployment Forum (Geneva, Switzerland)
- TEDx Wake Forest University (North Carolina)
- Kechie’s Project Fundraiser (New York)
- Mountain Empire Community College (Virginia)
- EMPOWER Youth by Reach Out Asia (Qatar)
- United Nations World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue (Azerbaijan)
- Global Issues Conference (United Arab Emirates)
- Launch of International Year of Youth in UN General Assembly Hall
Watch Chris' Speaking Demo