Osprey Ambassador and Global Explorer
Favorite Packs: Syncro 25 and Sojourn Series
Chris Bashinelli 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, Chris decided to follow his real passion- using media to bridge intercultural gaps worldwide- so he traveled to East Africa. He now traverses the globe from Tanzania to Abu Dhabi as Host and Producer of Bridge the Gap, a new series featured on National PBS television, where he discovers what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes for one day. He is a Moderator for the United Nations, a writer for Award-Winning publications like Lonely Planet, and is a National Geographic Young Explorer grantee.
The inspiration behind Chris’s mission to inspire a culture of compassion stems from the life of his parents, and his late father- Stephen Bashinelli. A hardworking, honest man, Stephen passed away from cancer in 2009 at the age of 55. This moment was the defining factor that propelled Chris forward on his path. He has since spoken in nearly one dozen countries, everywhere from TEDx to Azerbaijan to Abu Dhabi. He has shared the stage with people like Stevie Wonder, Dr. Jane Goodall and United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon. He is the youngest male ever to moderate the United Nations International Day of Peace and has interviewed some of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People on the Planet. He is an avid surfer, an Eagle Scout, a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College (Cum Laude) and the Executive Producer at Bridge the Gap TV. Chris is 26 years old.
Host of Bridge the Gap on PBS
Explorer, Writer, Speaker @ Bash