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.
Chris 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.
In his latest National Geographic series, Homestay China, Bash travels to some of their most remote villages to uncover how families have lifted themselves out of poverty. The stories and lessons are applicable to any business looking to overcome adversity and even use it to their advantage.
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.
Everyone had a good time last night and enjoyed Chris Bashinelli. He brought energy, humor and connected to the audience with his presentation - he connected to the audience from the moment he got on stage!
Chris made us laugh. He made us cry. He nailed it! He knew our company better than any other public speaker we’ve ever hired. He was one of the best, if not the best, public speakers I’ve seen on circuit in my 25 year history in this industry.
Bash offered a very authentic, engaging, and energetic presentation for our conference attendees. He brought many of his valuable life experiences to the table, and though all proved very different, they revolved around one common theme- breaking down barriers and finding a common ground with whomever you engage. Attendees left feeling exhilarated, taking with them many of the principles Bash illustrated back to their local institutions.
Chris presents with a smooth confidence that both sets the tone of the event and captures the attention of the audience. He harnesses the ethos of social entrepreneurship, and would be an asset to any event requiring a quality speaker.