Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York- Chris “Bash” Bashinelli gave up an acting career (The Sopranos, HBO) to exchange with the world. As Host of Bridge the Gap on PBS and the National Geographic Channel, Bash takes us on an introspective adventure- walking in the shoes of people halfway around the world and encouraging us to think differently about our lives. He empowers each of us to become GLOBAL CITIZENS, productive members of our organization, our family, and ultimately- the world!
Bash has spoken around the world, from the United Nations General Assembly Hall, to Fortune 500 Companies like the BMW Group, to entrepreneur organizations in Saudi Arabia. He’s shared the stage with people like Stevie Wonder, Dr. Jane Goodall and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Bash brings attendees on an inspirational journey, coupled with stunning video footage and thought-provoking exercises. He equips us with the practical tools we need to increase productivity, connect with others and contribute to humanity.
Bash’s unapologetic energy, humor, and charisma have made him a go-to speaker everywhere from multi-million dollar corporations to Ivy League Universities, to the United Nations. He has interviewed some of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People on the Planet and is an Eagle Scout. He is the youngest male ever to singelhadedly moderate the UN International Day of Peace. He is a Contributing Writer for Huffington Post, Lonely Planet, Delta Sky and the Daily News Zimbabwe. Bash is a vanguard for all things service, productivity and cultural exchange.
From TEDx, to Abu Dhabi, to Austria, to Azerbaijan, Bash has left attendees in tears of empathy and joy. His mission in life is to create a Culture of Compassion. The fire behind his unquenchable thirst for change, stems from the life of his parents, and his late father- Stephen Bashinelli, who passed away in 2009. An Actor-turned-Activist, he throws himself into hi-stakes scenarios on TV with no holds barred. He has harvested Buffalo with Native Americans in Pine Ridge, walked miles for clean water in Haiti and worked side by site with individuals from countless corners of the Earth. With humor and humility, Chris presents us with a new way of looking at our world.
Bash’s keynotes have been developed over his one-decade as a social entrepreneur, explorer and television host. He shares the formula he has used to moderate major events for the United Nations with no formal training… to executive producing a TV Show for PBS at 23 years old… to leading a National Geographic Expedition in Mongolia- where he lived as a nomad. His unique life path has brought him to nearly 40 countries, building bridges across cultures and gaining unprecedented insight into the universal human experience. Bash invites you to “Step Outside Your World” and embrace a unifying perspective!
Bash’s unique approach to “Global Citizenship” empowers attendees re-structure the way they view the world- beginning with themselves. Being a Global Citizen begins with believing in our own potential. By creating a strong foundation within ourselves, with our co-workers and on our stoop, we will then be able to create lasting change in the greater world. Bash encourages each of us to realize our full potential- thereby becoming inspired members of our families, our organizations and ultimately our world.
If you’re looking for a vanguard that will engage your audience and empower them to think differently about their lives and their relationships, then Bash is your speaker. He reminds us how important it is step outside of our comfort zones, be fearlessly honest and put others first. Whether he’s interviewing Dr. Jane Goodall for PBS or embarking on yet another jaw-dropping adventure in Mongolia, with humor and humility- he presents us with a new way of looking at our world.
Bash has been an Executive Producer and TV host since he was 20-years-old. He has attracted major sponsorships from corporations like Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, interviewed some of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People on the Planet, led a National Geographic Expedition in Mongolia and Sumo Wrestled the heaviest Japanese human being in recorded history. His work has been featured in acclaimed publications including Huffington Post, Delta Sky, American Way Magazine, Daily News Zimbabwe and Lonely Planet. He is the youngest male ever to moderate the United Nations International Day of Peace. He has an official day named after him in Montgomery, Alabama for his work with the Boy Scouts of America. His favorite song is “Layla”, the acoustic version, by Eric Clapton.
For socially conscious members of the modern world, Chris Bashinelli- the Cross-Cultural-Explorer, takes us on an introspective adventure- walking in the shoes of people halfway around the world and encouraging us to think differently about our lives. Bash is a relatable everyman- who forged his own unique path in life. He’s a Kid from Brooklyn, New York who gave up an acting career (The Sopranos, HBO), to follow his real passion- using media to bridge intercultural gaps worldwide. Whether he’s speaking on stage with Stevie Wonder, interviewing Dr. Jane Goodall for PBS, or living as a nomad in Mongolia, Bash keeps us engaged, entertained, and inspires compassion for “the other”